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Propane, heating oil shortage; Snyder declares energy emergency

7:08 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Gov. Rick Snyder Friday declared a state of energy emergency in Michigan due to temporary shortages of heating oil and propane.

This energy emergency is a new, separate declaration from the one the governor made in December.

"The extreme cold and hazardous winter weather of the past week continues to impact our communities," Snyder said. "This executive order will ensure there is enough heating oil and propane in the coming days and weeks to protect the health, safety and welfare of Michigan residents and visitors."

The heating oil and propane shortage was caused by increased demand due to subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall that delayed deliveries of heating oil and propane. Transporters have been encountering frequent equipment failure and hazardous road conditions, resulting in longer driving times and working hours and an increased effort to deliver individual loads.

The executive order suspends state and federal regulations relating to hours-of-service for motor carriers and drivers transporting heating oil and propane within Michigan, enabling these individuals to exceed the number of hours and consecutive days in which they can operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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