Governor LePage signs another emergency declaration to ensure heating fuel deliveries continue

January 9, 2018

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has signed a new emergency proclamation to ensure Maine residents receive heating oil deliveries during the extended period of cold weather the state is experiencing.

Many fuel-delivery drivers will shortly be approaching their federal limit on hours of operation and may have to cease delivery of heating fuel and bulk petroleum fuels. The emergency proclamation will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow drivers delivering and transporting heating fuels, specifically fuel oil, propane and natural gas, to operate additional hours.

“Our oil delivery drivers need the flexibility to be on the roads so Mainers can heat their homes over the next several days,” said Governor LePage.

The Governor also reminds drivers who are picking up extra hours to remain safe on the roadways. “We want to keep Mainers warm, but drivers and business owners should understand their limitations too,” said Governor LePage.

The order is in effect until January 14 or until the Governor declares the emergency is over.

The proclamation can be viewed here: