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Governor declares state Energy Emergency, will allow carriers to extend hours of service

Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 11:40:36-05

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order on Tuesday, declaring a state of energy emergency that will make it easier for carriers to supply much-needed propane, heating oil, and diesel fuel during harsh winter conditions.

“Montana’s winter weather can pose a serious threat to the livelihood of Montanans who depend on propane and heating oil,” Governor Bullock said. “This executive order will ensure the timely and necessary delivery of petroleum products so that Montanans can stay warm in their homes.”

Deliveries to individual homes and businesses are being delayed by extreme road conditions and deep snow.

The signing of this executive order temporarily suspends “hours of service” regulations for carriers actively involved in transporting propane, heating oil, and diesel fuel to communities across Montana. The order requires that carriers and commercial drivers operate their commercial motor vehicles in a safe and prudent manner, and that “hours of service” requirements must be followed if a driver needs immediate rest.