A propane shortage brought on, in part, by heavy demand during an abnormally cold winter has prompted nearly 300 complaints about high prices to the Michigan attorney general's office. Joy Yearout, spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, says the office received 205 phone complaints and 91 written complaints since Jan. 22. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports most of the complaints allege price-gouging by propane providers. Michigan is among many states that have declared propane energy emergencies as supplies dropped last month. Gov. Rick Snyder and six other governors wrote to President Barack Obama in a letter dated Tuesday asking for help in addressing the propane shortage and price increases. They want the administration to help increase propane supplies through "every means of transport."
If you are concerned over possible price gouging, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (877) 765-8388 or file a complaint online at www.michigan.gov/ag.