AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a proclamation aimed at ensuring residents get timely heating fuel deliveries as Maine’s temperatures remain bitter cold.
The limited emergency proclamation signed by the Republican governor on Friday allows Maine fuel transport and delivery trucks to drive additional hours for the next two weeks by waiving some U.S. Department of Transportation rules.
Maine is expected to have colder than normal weather over the next month. LePage says in a statement that he’ll decide after the two weeks whether an extension of the proclamation is needed.
LePage’s office says propane inventories are already down 25 percent in Maine and the shortage is expected to worsen as demand increases in the coming days.