ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Georgia’s governor is lifting restrictions on the number of hours that truck drivers delivering fuel can work after an explosion shut down a pipeline in neighboring Alabama that supplies the Southeast.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday issued the executive order affecting truck drivers. Deal says the order is intended to prevent interruptions of fuel supply in Georgia and urged people not to alter their travel plans or use of fuel. His order is effective Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Nov. 15.
“Following the Colonial Pipeline rupture and explosion, I have issued an executive order suspending rules limiting drivers’ operating hours, per 49 CFR 390 et, seq. This measure is intended to help ensure uninterrupted fuel supply in Georgia as we await more information from Alabama officials. Until normal pipeline production resumes, I urge the public to maintain regular consumption levels and travel schedules.” – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal
Deal issued a similar order in September after a leak in the same Alabama pipeline led to gasoline shortages in several states.
Monday’s blast killed one worker and injured several others. Investigators have not determined a cause.