STATE OF ENERGY EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the Governor;
WHEREAS, Section 3 of 1982 PA 191, MCL 10.83, authorizes the Governor to declare a State of Energy Emergency upon notification of an impending energy emergency by the Energy Advisory Committee, or upon the Governor’s own initiative, if the Governor finds that an energy emergency exists or is imminent;
WHEREAS, the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, and
Alabama, has degraded significantly the supply of crude oil from the Gulf Coast to Midwest oil refineries, including in Michigan;
WHEREAS, the effects of Hurricane Katrina have also impacted seriously the supply and price of gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum products in the Midwest and Michigan;
WHEREAS, the Energy Advisory Committee reports that the current situation has affected the transportation of petroleum products in Michigan and the ability to supply gasoline that meets federal air quality requirements;
WHEREAS, the Energy Advisory Committee today notified the Governor that based on information available to the Committee from the Michigan Public Service Commission, other state agencies, and other sources of information an energy emergency is imminent in this state due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina;
WHEREAS, the Energy Advisory Committee also has recommended that the Governor declare a State of Energy Emergency so that appropriate action may be taken;
WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the State of Michigan that appropriate measures be taken in response to an imminent energy emergency to ensure that petroleum supplies will remain sufficient and to assure the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan residents and visitors;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in the Governor by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and 1982 PA 191, MCL 10.81 to 10.87, order the following:
1. A State of Energy Emergency is declared in the State of Michigan. Pursuant to Section 3 of 1982 PA 191, MCL 10.83, the State of Energy Emergency is effective until the earlier of either of the following:
a. A finding by the Governor that the energy emergency no longer exists.
b. Tuesday, November 29, 2005.
This Order is effective upon filing.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 31st day of August in the year of our Lord, two thousand and five.
JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
BY THE GOVERNOR:
SECRETARY OF STATE