2012-07-26 / Front Page

Fuel shortage sparks order

‘Energy emergency’ in place for U.P. areas

LANSING – Due to the limited availability and temporary shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel in areas of the Upper Peninsula, a State of Energy Emergency was enacted Tuesday. The Executive Order was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, due to the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline in Wisconsin.

The West Shore Pipeline, located between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis., supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to service stations throughout the western and central sections of the U.P.

As a result of the pipeline closure, the transportation of petroleum products within Michigan has been affected, as carriers must seek alternate product terminals in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. This results in longer driving distances and difficulty meeting demands in concert with state and federal hours-of-service regulations.

“This energy emergency declaration is necessary to ensure that petroleum supplies will remain sufficient and to assure the health, safety and welfare of Michigan residents and visitors,” Snyder said.

The order suspends state and federal regulations relating to hours-of-service for motor carriers and drivers transporting gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel to address transportation needs arising from the impact of the energy emergency.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the exemption and suspension until the out-of-service order expires or the conditions for rescission have been satisfied. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Michigan State Police require that drivers for motor carriers operating under the Declaration of Energy Emergency must have a copy of the declaration in their possession, which is available at www.michigan.gov/snyder.

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