HELENA, Mont. -

Today Governor Bullock signed an Executive Order declaring a state of energy emergency and temporarily exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations under Montana Law for intrastate travel in order to help meet fuel demands.

Because of extremely low inventories of petroleum products in Eastern Montana—and these supply shortages being due to pipeline disruptions resulting in inadequate supplies at pipeline terminals in Montana and North Dakota—there is a significant demand for fuel to dry grain.

Drivers of delivery trucks are required to wait for several hours at pipeline terminals across Montana and in adjacent states, limiting their ability transport product. These supply shortages of petroleum products threaten the health, property and welfare of Montanans.

Therefore, Governor Bullock signed the Executive Order, effectively relieving the “hours of service” requirements for commercial motor vehicle carriers in Montana, provided for in Montana Law, which will assist Montanans in addressing the existing supply shortage by facilitating and expediting the distribution of petroleum products.

This release came from the Office of the Governor.