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Brutal eastern winter hitting local propane users in the wallet

A brutal winter out east has propane users on the Island and the Sunshine Coast feeling the pinch of rising prices.

Curtis Robinson is a branch manager for CanWest Propane on Vancouver Island.  He says prices have risen 30 to 40 cents a litre, or about 25 per cent, since October and in 30 years in the business he’s never seen anything like it.

Robinson says it started when a wet fall in the US created a major demand for propane for crop drying. Then, freezing temperatures took hold east of the Rockies and in the US, driving demand even higher.

Robinson says Canadian suppliers are keeping up with demand, but only just.   He also says they’re telling customers to get used to the high prices for now, because they’re not sure when they may drop again.

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