Propane is a hydrocarbon that is a gas at atmospheric pressure, although it can be compressed under moderate pressure into a transportable liquid. It is co-produced with oil and gas, either as a product of petroleum refining or natural gas processing. Propane is used for home heating, cooking water heating, drying crops and as a transportation fuel.

Despite significant propane production in Colorado, the state is vulnerable to shortfalls due to a lack of pipeline and storage infrastructure. The nearest major storage facilities are in Conway, Kansas and Mont Belvieu, Texas. To obtain fuel from these storage facilities, Coloradans rely mainly on trucking.

For more information about propane and how it is supplied in Colorado, visit the Colorado Propane Gas Association. Additional information can be found via the U.S. Energy Information Administration Heating Oil and Propane Update.

Residences in Colorado that use propane for home heating are shown on the map below.

map of Colorado homes heated with propane