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Gov. Jindal Issues State of Emergency Due to Cold Weather

Baton Rouge, LA (KALB News Channel 5) - Governor Jindal issues a State of Emergency for the transportation and delivery of propane and heating fuel products due to extreme cold weather.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION NO. 8 BJ 2014

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STATE OF EMERGENCY – Transportation and Delivery of Propane and Heating Fuels

Products Due to Extreme Cold Weather

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WHEREAS, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster

Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of

Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters,

including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or

manmade causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this state will be

adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the

lives and property of the people of the State of Louisiana;

WHEREAS, when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred,

or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers the

Governor to declare a state of emergency by executive order or

proclamation, or both;

WHEREAS, extreme cold temperatures are impacting the citizens and property of this

State, and also causing delays in the commercial transportation and

delivery of propane and heating fuels products to the citizens of this State;

WHEREAS, numerous states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas,

Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New

York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota,

Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin have declared emergencies addressing

transportation of propane and heating fuels products to relieve the effects

and threats the extreme cold weather conditions are having on their

citizens and property;

WHEREAS, this State is a producer and exporter of propane and heating fuels products

which, in these extreme weather conditions, will contribute to the safety

and welfare of the inhabitants of the surrounding states, by relieving

regulatory requirements for operators of commercial motor carriers

transporting propane and heating fuel products traveling on the public

highways of the state of Louisiana for the purpose of response to this

emergency and emergencies in other states;

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety

Administration has issued Emergency Declarations under 49 CFR §

390.23 on January 21, 2014 to provide regulatory relief to commercial

vehicles supporting the delivery of propane and heating fuels products in

response to extreme cold weather conditions experienced and continued to

be experienced throughout the Southern, Eastern and Midwestern regions

of the United States;

NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the

authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do

hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance

and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared to

exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of emergency conditions created

extreme cold weather conditions and shortages and interruptions in the

availability or delivery of propane and heating fuels products that threaten

the lives and property of the citizens of the State and other states.

SECTION 2: The Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and

Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity

authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response

to this declaration.

SECTION 2: The enforcement of the regulatory provisions of 49 CFR Parts 390 through

399, as specified in the January 21, 2014 U.S. Department of

Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Emergency

Declarations under 49 CFR § 390.23, to provide regulatory relief to

commercial motor carriers transportation providing direct assistance

supporting the delivery of propane and heating fuel products in this State

or other States is hereby suspended.

SECTION 2: Nothing contained in this declaration shall be interpreted to suspend any

other state or federal laws or regulations other than those federal

regulations which are specifically addressed in this declaration.

SECTION 4: This state of emergency extends from Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to

Thursday, February 20, 2014, unless terminated sooner.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially

and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the

Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of

January, 2014.

 

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