(WLNS) – The unplanned outage of a Detroit refinery and a shutdown of a fuel pipeline in Wisconsin prompted Governor Rick Snyder to declare a “State of Energy Emergency” in Michigan as the nation moves toward one of the busier travel weekends of the year.
The governor says the order will allow people who transport fuel to spend more hours on the road to help make sure stations have enough gas to make it through the long Memorial Day weekend.
“We want to make sure the fuel Michiganders need for their travels to work, school or a long weekend trip is available,” Snyder said in a press release. “This executive order will help ensure there are no artificial shortages of fuel impacting the state’s residents or visitors.”
Typically, people who drive tankers and other commercial vehicles are limited in the number of hours and/or consecutive number of days they can drive at a given time. Snyder’s Executive Order 2016-10 temporarily waives those rules. The order doesn’t change any environmental rules.
“The difficulties with the shutdown of the only pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay, combined with what we hope will be a short-term outage of the Marathon refinery, are affecting prices at the pump and leading to long wait times at fueling terminals,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy in the same release.
The order took effect Tuesday afternoon and remains in effect until rescinded or until just before midnight on Tuesday, June 7th.