Governor Wolf, DEP Take Additional Action to Increase Fuel Supplies During Hurricane Recovery

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the commonwealth is continuing to ensure adequate gasoline supplies for Pennsylvania drivers from the impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Pennsylvania has seen a disruption to fuel supplies as fourteen refineries are shut down due to Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf region. This move follows an extended waiver initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to ease enforcement of certain gasoline regulations.

“Prices at the pump have already risen for consumers as Texas and other areas of the Gulf region recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,” said Governor Wolf. “This action will ease fuel supply issues and ensure there are not serious disruptions to the commonwealth.”

Today’s EPA waiver applies to reformulated gasoline in the five-county Philadelphia area of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.  EPA is extending the waiver issued on August 31 to September 26, 2017.

DEP will not enforce the fuel requirements for the duration of the waiver period. Due to lateness in the ozone season, DEP does not anticipate significant adverse air quality impact in the covered areas.