Executive order seeks to speed up Colorado propane delivery

February 7, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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photo - FILE- In a MAy 22, 2013, file photo Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver.  A poll released Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, by Quinnipiac University found that 52 percent of Colorado voters approved of the job Hickenlooper is doing. However, voters questioned were split 45 to 45 percent on whether he should get another term. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
FILE- In a MAy 22, 2013, file photo Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver. A poll released Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, by Quinnipiac University found that 52 percent of Colorado voters approved of the job Hickenlooper is doing. However, voters questioned were split 45 to 45 percent on whether he should get another term. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) 

An executive order signed by Gov. Jon Hickenlooper Friday is aimed at combatting the propane shortage Coloradans have been dealing with for the last several weeks.

Prompted by extreme winter weather, the executive order declares a disaster emergency that temporarily allows commercial drivers to haul propane outside of hours-of-service regulations.

"Temperatures in Colorado have dropped below zero for consecutive weeks. The recent extreme winter weather has caused an emergency situation by significantly reducing the availability of propane and impeding the delivery of necessary propane to many areas of Colorado," the governor's executive order reads.

The order will exempt commercial drivers carrying propane from regulations that mandate 10 hours of rest after 11 hours of drive, in addition to the max amount of hours drivers can be on duty before they are required to log 34 hours of off-duty time.

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