Haslam declares state of emergency to prevent fuel disruption


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared a state of emergency after an oil spill.

More than 6,000 barrels of gasoline were spilled when a pipeline burst in Shelby County, Alabama.

The Executive Order was signed Friday and waives hours of service requirements for petroleum truck drivers.

The order waives only the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 390 and 395 rules related to hours-of-service suspensions, and pipeline repair and fuel transportation, according to WTVF.

The order also allows drivers to work longer hours so fuel can be transported to where it’s needed.

“This is a precautionary measure as we are not currently seeing any widespread unavailability of petroleum in Tennessee,” Haslam  said. “We urge Tennesseans to maintain their normal fuel purchasing and driving patterns to help prevent any potential impacts on our fuel supply while the pipeline undergoes repairs.”