Hurricane Katrina hit a major oil supply for the United States in the Gulf Coast area. Halted production and fears of a shortage have sent gas prices above the $3 mark per gallon.
Governor Granholm's executive orders do three things:
- Establish that Michigan is in an energy emergency.
- Eases EPA restrictions on gasoline which could boost production by as much as seven percent.
- Eases restrictions on the number of hours truckers can drive at a given time, increasing the speed with which the gas supply can arrive at it's destination.
The executive orders will remain in effect for 90 days or until the governor decides the emergency has passed.
The last time the state was placed in an energy emergency was during the 2003 blackout.