AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage declared a limited emergency Thursday that will allow fuel transport and delivery trucks in Maine to drive additional hours to ensure timely heating fuel deliveries during the cold snap.
The governor issued the declaration after hearing from oil companies that they were falling behind in meeting requests for fuel deliveries because of increased demand due to the cold temperatures and federal rules that limit the number of hours drivers can be on the road. An emergency declaration suspends the federal rules temporarily.
“This effort will allow heating fuel to be delivered to Maine families when they need it during this frigid weather,” LePage said in a press release. “Keeping homes warm is critical to protect the public health and safety of Mainers.”
The National Weather Service has indicated the extreme cold and wind chills will persist through the weekend, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency has posted safety tips for dealing with severe cold.
The governor’s proclamation waives U.S. Department of Transportation rules and extends the hours of service for heating fuel transport and delivery trucks within the state for seven days.