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Governor issues disaster emergency proclamation in Pennsylvania

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Governor Tom Corbett has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expedite delivery of propane gas and heating oil. The proclamation acknowledges “serious logistical problems.”

“I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency across the Commonwealth …,” reads the Proclamation dated yesterday, 9 January.

This action allows the PA Department of Transportation (Penn DOT) to waive regulations concerning service hours. It applies statewide. A representative from local propane gas company Schwanger Bros & Co. was not immediately available for comment. Calls to Lancaster Propane Gas were not answered as all lines were busy.

This Proclamation does not mean individual drivers will be driving for days straight. The maximum driving time for individual drivers is extended from 11 hours to 14 hours. The driver must take 10 consecutive hours off after that time.

The Proclamation is in effect until midnight on 25 January. This is not the first time such a proclamation has been made. Gov. Corbett last issued one similar in January of 2011.

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