Gov. Snyder extends energy emergency - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Snyder extends energy emergency

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

No doubt you've noticed the recent price jump at the gas pumps. Some of that is due to the pipeline problem in Wisconsin and the refinery shutdown in Detroit, but an extended State of Energy Emergency means fuel trucks can stay on the road longer to bring you the fuel you need.

The good news is you’ll have plenty of gas to fuel the trip to wherever your travel plans take you. The State of Energy Emergency means there is no danger of running on empty.

"No, there's a lot of supply in the overall region, it's just that truckers needed a little more time to get it to the right places,” said Valerie Brader, with Michigan Agency for Energy. “And so we think that by having this declaration we're assuring that everybody should have the gas they need."

The bad news, though, is when word of a possible fuel shortage got out, prices jumped.

Now with the emergency measures in place, more fuel drivers can keep fuel trucks on the road for longer hours. The adequate supply expected through the summer mean prices should hold steady, perhaps even drop, but not increase.

“We're still seeing prices well below even what they were last year, and the price increases that we were seeing were related to folks being worried that they wouldn't have enough supply. So our hope is by signaling here that we're doing our best to get the supplies to them, we're not going to have that issue," Brader said.

Officials said allowing fuel drivers and their rigs to stay on the road longer won’t compromise their safety or drivers’ safety.

The energy emergency is through June 22.

"We are still receiving reports of concerns over the availability of petroleum," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "This extension will help ensure that our gas stations can continue to serve people on their way to work, school, or to enjoy a Pure Michigan vacation."

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