Iowa Losing 13 Percent of Propane Supply
DES MOINES, Iowa - Late last month, energy titan Kinder Morgan reversed the Cochin pipeline that runs through eastern Iowa, in order to send thinning agents north into Canada’s oil fields. In re-purposing the pipeline, Iowa’s propane users will lose about 13 percent of the total supply. Currently, foreign demand for propane has ramped up, pulling American supplies to Mont Bell-View, Texas, and its proximity to export terminals, rather than the landlocked facility in Conway, Kansas, closer to Iowa. And that’s to say nothing of the continued dearth of pressurized rail cars able to haul propane which aren't being used to haul natural gas liquids out of North Dakota’s Bakken Formation.
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