Governor Snyder has declared a "State of Energy Emergency" in Michigan because of temporary shortages of propane in the Upper Peninsula. It was caused by an increased demand due to higher than average use for crop drying in the Midwest and Great Plains area, winter weather setting in sooner and more severely than anticipated and because of repairs to a propane pipeline serving the upper Midwest. The executive order suspends state and federal regulations relating to hours of service for motor carriers. This allows them to exceed the number of hours and consecutive days worked. The Governor says this executive order will help make

sure there is enough propane supply in the coming days and weeks until problems are resolved.