(2/7/14) Two U-S House members from Wisconsin want a federal investigation into the rapid rise of propane fuel prices. La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind and Sherwood Republican Reid Ribble have joined 10 other members of Congress from the Midwest in seeking a House committee hearing on the subject.
The request was made today in a letter to House Energy-and-Commerce chairman Fred Upton of Michigan. They called the propane shortage, and the resulting price hikes, a problem that's not going away. They said a formal hearing could explore whatever resources are available to moderate supplies, and relieve quote, "skyrocketing prices during the coldest time of the year." According to the U-S Energy Information Administration, a gallon of propane in Wisconsin cost an average of 3.94-a-gallon on Monday. That's down from 4.49 the previous week -- but it's still almost twice the price of 2.16-a-gallon two days before the New Year.