Weight limits could be lifted for Maine fuel trucks

| 2/27/2007

In the midst of increasingly tight supplies, Maine's Adjutant General is pushing for a temporary waiver of federal weight limits on trucks bringing propane into the state.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Maj. Gen. Bill Libby of the Maine National Guard is pushing for the waiver in the wake of a month-long cold snap that has increased demand for propane.

Libby has the Maine Emergency Management Agency under his jurisdiction.

The current regulations ban trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from state highways. However, trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds can use the Maine Turnpike because it was built before the federal rules were created.

A tanker carrying 12 million gallons of propane that had been delayed by bad weather made it to the state over the weekend. Another tanker is expected on Friday, March 2.