Jet fuel shortages have started to hit states like California and Nevada, threatening flight delays and cargo deliveries, The Associated Press reported.
The shortages are increased by demands from firefighting and commercial aircraft as well as issues in supply chain, leading to flights being disrupted at airports around the Pacific Northwest, AP reported.
At Fresno Yosemite International Airport, fewer jet fuel deliveries from tanker truck drivers led to shortages, ultimately affecting flights in and out of the airport, the wire service noted. At Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, flight delays and departure problems ensued because firefighting aircraft and commercial airlines had an increased demand for jet fuel.
Nevada Governor Steve SisolakSteve Sisolak5 states where the coronavirus delta variant is spreading Nevada man present at Capitol insurrection announces gubernatorial bid Gun rights group sues over Nevada ghost gun ban MORE, along with lawmakers including Sens. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoOvernight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE, Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenBipartisan group says it’s still on track after setback on Senate floor The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden renews families plan pitch; Senate prepares to bring infrastructure package to floor Senate eyes taking up bipartisan infrastructure deal as soon as July 19 MORE and Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiNorth Las Vegas mayor running for Nevada governor Marjorie Taylor Greene’s delay tactics frustrate GOP Capitol Police head cites Biden speech threat for keeping security high MORE issued a joint letter on Saturday regarding potential jet fuel shortages that could affect flights and cargo delivery at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
“Governor Sisolak, Senator Cortez Masto, Senator Rosen and Congressman Amodei have been working together to triage the situation to avoid and minimize disruption for passengers and ensure critical operations, including the delivery of essential goods into the State,” the four said in their letter.
“We are currently speaking to all responsible parties to understand how this situation occurred and prevent future shortages, but our immediate focus is on ensuring resources to combat western wildfires are not impacted and that there is as little disruption as possible for Nevadans and visitors who depend on reliable air service,” they later added.
A spokeswoman for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority told the AP that the jet fuel shortage stemmed from several issues including runway construction and a small number of available tanker truck drivers.
To mitigate potential fuel shortages, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Lawyers group criticizes Noem, Abbot on National Guard to border MORE (R) and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) have signed executive orders that would relax certain restrictions on fuel deliveries.
In Wyoming, Gordon is temporarily allowing drivers to stay on the road longer hours to meet the demand for fuel, but stipulated that drivers could not stay on the road if they were tired. Noem’s executive order also extends the hours for fuel delivery in South Dakota.
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