The fuel truck restrictions in Kansas have been lifted until the middle of August.
http://www.governor.ks.gov/news/NewsRel ... -0710b.htm
July 10, 2007 Recent natural disasters have put two Kansas oil facilities out of service, causing problems with fuel deliveries – problems which could hamper the state’s wheat harvest.
In an effort to avoid fuel supply disruptions, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has lifted certain restrictions on motor carriers making fuel deliveries.
“The harvest would grind to a halt without reliable fuel supplies. Lifting these restrictions will help prevent disruptions so we can make sure the trucks and combines keep running,” said Sebelius.
Storms on May 5 caused serious damage at the Magellan oil terminal in Great Bend, while recent flooding in Southeast Kansas forced the shutdown of the Coffeyville Resources refinery. The effect of these incidents has been amplified by refinery problems in neighboring states.
These disruptions have come at a time when fuel demand has increased due to the summer travel season and the wheat harvest. As a result, tanker trucks have encountered longer wait times at loading terminals, making it difficult for many to make deliveries while staying within limits on operator hours.
To combat this, Executive Order 07-19 suspends the requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations CFR 49, Parts 390-399 under the authority of CFR 49, Part 390.23.
This order applies only to those motor carriers providing direct assistance to the emergency fuel relief effort and no motor carrier operating under the terms ofthis order shall require or permit a fatigued or ill driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
The order is effective for 30 days
Same time period for Iowa too. http://www.governor.iowa.gov/news/2007/07/12_1.php
Today, in an effort to address low gasoline and diesel supplies caused by recent refinery outages, Governor Chet Culver signed a proclamation to temporarily lift regulatory provisions that limit the number of hours gasoline and diesel truck drivers can be on the road. Normally drivers are limited to a 12 hour per day delivery window, with a minimum of 10 hours off after each shift. The Governor’s actions today allow gasoline and diesel delivery drivers extra time to deliver gasoline and diesel to retail stations in Iowa.
Due to the recent wave of refinery outages and heavy demand, Midwestern supplies of gasoline and diesel are lower than normal. The Hours of Service Waiver issued by the Governor comes as Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Kansas have also issued waivers.
“This was a necessary step,” said Governor Culver. “Supplies were tight to begin with, and then after the Coffeyville, Kansas refinery was flooded last week, supplies became very tight.
“Now is as good of a time as any to point out the need for our state and our country to focus on energy conservation, fuel efficiency and researching and developing new, innovative alternative fuels. I look forward to a day where gasoline refinery outages will not impact Iowa’s energy supply. Simply put, we must work to wean ourselves off foreign oil. I am committed to doing everything I can as Governor to ensure that Iowa remains a leader developing new, clean forms of alternative energy for future generations. I believe the new Iowa Power Fund and Office of Energy Independence are giant steps towards reaching our goals.”
This Hours of Service Waiver will be in effect for 30 days.
South Dakota And Minnesotas waivers are due for renewal today. http://www.truckertotrucker.com/trucker ... f-Fuel.cfm
It's bad enough that the price of gas is over the $3 mark, but now just finding the darn stuff has become a real challenge in some Midwestern states.
Things have gotten so bad in North Dakota that this week Governor John Hoeven issued an emergency order allowing commercial gasoline haulers to search for the precious commodity in neighboring states. To help deal with fuel shortages at pipeline terminals, last week fuel haulers were granted extended service hours to search for fuel within the state. The expanded order enables them to cross state lines to obtain fuel in South Dakota and Minnesota. North Dakota's order runs through Saturday but is expected to be extended. Similar orders in South Dakota and Minnesota are in effect until July 19. Approved by US DOT, the orders allow truckers in all three states to travel freely across borders in search of fuel.
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