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Governor Guarantees Heating Oil Deliveries

February 13, 2007 - TRC

AUGUSTA Governor John Baldacci today issued a procedural proclamation to ensure heating oil deliveries are made to Maine residents during this prolonged period of freezing temperatures. The text of the Proclamation follows.

WHEREAS, the northeastern United States, including Maine, is expecting a major winter storm, as well as experiencing artic cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills; and

WHEREAS, this cold weather is expected to continue for several days; and

WHEREAS, heating fuel in Maine is in great demand because of the cold and because supplies have lagged behind demand; and

WHEREAS, federal rules determine the number of hours the drivers of heating fuel delivery and transport vehicles may operate; and

WHEREAS, many drivers in the state will shortly be approaching their federal limit on hours of operation, and may have to cease delivery and transport; and

WHEREAS, these conditions threaten public health and safety and endanger public property if heating fuel cannot be transported or delivered; and

WHEREAS, the declaration of a State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the Federal Department of Transportation to allow heating fuel delivery and transport drivers to operate additional hours,

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Elias Baldacci, Governor of the State of Maine, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of Maine, find that these conditions constitute a civil emergency under 37-B M.R.S.A. section 742, and for the purpose of facilitating a waiver to Federal Department of Transportation Rules do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists as of February 13, 2007.

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