A shortage of fuel in the aftermath of Colorado's second
blizzard of the season has prompted the emergency lifting of hours-of-service
rules for some in-state truckers.
Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carrier's
Association, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that intrastate fuel
tanker drivers have a 10-day waiver, which ends Jan. 12, so they can get fuel
to the hardest-hit southeastern part of the state.
"Fuel had gotten short because you couldn't get fuel into
the area, because all the avenues to bring it in had been affected by the
weather," Fulton said. "We've had to have fuel tankers go longer distances, and
unfortunately they have to wait in longer lines to get filled up to bring it
back to the area."
Meanwhile, the National Guard continued to use helicopters Thursday
to deliver hay to stranded livestock in Colorado and western Kansas.
- By Reed Black, staff