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Propane Prices Heat Up Tempers

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The propane storage tanks can be huge, and lately, the price of what's in 'em has been just as big.

"It's over $5 a gallon," said Vivienne Ford, owner of Chloe and Louie who will start licking your ears just as fast as the price of propane has risen.

"I told you, I told you," she laughed.

But she is not laughing about the thought of getting her 100 gallon tank re-filled. The last time it cost her $212. This time?

"I'm dreading it. I mean that's, you're talking 80%, 80 gallons, that's what, over $400?" she said.

"People in the city can compare this to quadrupling the price of electricity perhaps," said Oklahoma State Rep. Jerry McPeak, lobbying for the state to tap the rainy day fund to provide financial assistance to those hit hardest.

"It's obviously a very, very real situation. You have elderly folks that can't tolerate it very much," he said.

"I've got an 80 year-old Mom, she's on a very fixed income and she lives in Missouri, and their prices are just as high, and it's not right," said Ford.

Governor Fallin has ordered DHS to give priority status to applications from low income families seeking federal aid for heating costs.

"I agree with that, but why aren't we investigating why it went up instead?" she asked.

Fired up about propane. With an ending remark meant for Chloe and Louie, that could just as easily go for the gas companies as well.

"That's enough!" she said.

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