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BP Whiting refinery fire prompts executive order from Gov. Holcomb

Governor Eric Holcomb is taking steps to minimize the disruption of fuel supplies, after a fire shut down the BP Whiting refinery last week.

Now through September 10, motor carriers and drivers transporting fuel will be exempt from regulations limiting their hours of service. Meanwhile, reformulated gasoline requirements in Lake and Porter counties — and certain fuel volatility requirements in various parts of the state — are waived through September 15.

The governor made the changes in an executive order Monday, following similar actions from the federal government and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Holcomb notes that the Whiting refinery typically provides up to a quarter of the state's refined fuel.

Michael Gallenberger is a news reporter and producer that hosts All Things Considered on 89.1 FM | Lakeshore Public Media.