Gov. Noem signs executive order to deal with fuel shortage
PIERRE, S.D. — With tourism season in full swing and the state’s agriculture producers busy as well, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Saturday taking steps to ensure an adequate supply of fuel.
Citing an unexpected shortage of all types of petroleum-based fuels, Gov. Noem signed an executive order declaring an emergency.
The order exempts delivery of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, from federal rules on drivers’ hours in service.
The governor said maintaining the supply of fuel is crucial for tourism and agriculture, two of the state’s major industries.
The 30-day order is meant to ensure a steady supply of fuel for visitors, businesses, farmers, and ranchers in the western part of the state.
Noem stressed that although drivers’ hours of service have been temporarily suspended for fuel deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries.