Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher takes immediate action to curb gasoline shortages

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 02, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Also encourages gas-saving measures across state government

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Fletcher today took emergency measures to ensure Kentuckians have sufficient supplies of gasoline for the coming days.

To address supply shortages of gasoline, the governor joined other states today in requesting the U.S. EPA temporarily suspend the regulations mandating the sale of specialty reformulated gasoline, or “boutique fuels” in certain parts of Kentucky. This will allow regular gasoline, like that sold elsewhere in the state, to be sold for five days in markets around Northern Kentucky and Louisville. This should provide sufficient supplies to help control prices in those regions. We are awaiting approval of this request.

The governor also today signed emergency regulations to allow stations with older gas pumps from having to shut down. Many gas stations have been unable to obtain fuel for less than $3.00.  Rather than sell gasoline for a loss, many of these stations have simply shut down. The governor’s emergency regulations will allow gas stations to sell half gallons, so long as the price and quantity are predominantly displayed. Combined, these efforts will allow more gasoline into Kentucky during this time of nationwide shortages and reduce the prices consumers are paying at the pump.

“I instructed my administration to take immediate, appropriate steps to help ease the suffering of Kentucky’s consumers,” Governor Fletcher said.  “I believe these two measures accomplish just that.  I am also joining President Bush in encouraging all Americans to take appropriate steps to conserve gasoline during this time of shortages and high prices.” 

Steps have also been taken in state government to conserve gas for the coming days. In a memo to cabinet secretaries and constitutional officers, Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph asked that all business-related travel be limited to that of an essential or urgent nature until further notice, and that all officials with an assigned state vehicle surrender that vehicle until the crisis subsides. Cabinet secretaries are also asked to re-evaluate the need to use vehicles permanently assigned to specific agencies.