Governor LePage issues emergency declaration ensuring heating fuel deliveries continue

Posted:  Friday, December 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has signed an emergency proclamation to ensure Maine residents receive heating oil deliveries without delay and throughout the holiday weekend.

“The Northeast is experiencing a lengthy cold snap with record low temperatures. 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 State of Emergency proclamation will enable the granting of a waiver from the Federal Department of Transportation to allow heating oil delivery personnel to stay on the road longer to make sure homes and businesses stay warm.

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 LePage.

The order is in effect until Jan. 5 or until the governor declares the emergency is over.