Michigan Gov. Snyder issued emergency rule after Wisconsin pipeline shutdown

CREATED Jul 26, 2012

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LANSING, Mich- A Wisconsin pipeline shutdown has caused a gas shortage in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, leading to an emergency declaration from Gov. Rick Snyder.

The office of Michigan's chief executive says he issued the declaration Tuesday "due to the limited availability and temporary shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel."

The shortage follows a shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline, which runs between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis. It's the source of gasoline and diesel fuel to service stations throughout the western and central Upper Peninsula.

A leak was discovered July 17, near Jackson, Wis., leading to the shutdown. The pipeline reopened Saturday but shortages remain.

Snyder's order suspends state and federal regulations on hours-of-service for motor carriers and drivers transporting gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.