Woman Dies in North Dakota with No Propane to Heat Home

Updated: 02/06/2014 7:35 AM
Created: 02/05/2014 8:01 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The death of a North Dakota woman on the Standing Rock reservation is highlighting the dangers of a propane shortage across the state.

The woman, 50-year-old Debbie Dogskin, was found dead in her mobile home with an empty propane tank. Friends say she froze to death, according to ABC affiliate WDAZ.

Statewide, it has been a challenge to keep tanks full as propane prices have tripled in the last few months, leading more people to seek help in paying to heat their homes.

Spirit Lake reservation housing director Doug Yankton tells WDAZ their tribe is managing the situation as well as they can, but that their supply will eventually run out.

In Ramsey County, applications for heating assistance have jumped to nearly 20 a week.

To help deal with the shortage, Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently waived time restrictions on truckers so they can bring propane to North Dakota more quickly.

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