Colorado Renews Executive Action on Fuel Transportation

On January 30, 2023, Colorado Governor Polis renewed an Executive Order (D-2023-004) due to continued fuel supply chain risk for 30 days unless further extended by another Executive Order. This declaration was made due to the shutdown of a vital oil refinery in Commerce City, CO of which 95% of its products are sold within the state. The refinery is expected to resume production in another four to six weeks.

Within Executive Order D-2023-004, Colorado DOT was directed to issue non-interstate overweight indivisible permits to carriers involved in fuel transportation to travel on state highways. Additionally, Governor Polis has directed the Colorado State Patrol to temporarily suspend certain state statutes (C.R.S. § 42-4-235) to enable necessary fuel deliveries, although the Executive Order did not specify further. Additional rules and restrictions apply. It is important to note that such temporary measures do not apply to the interstate highway system.

Executive Order D-2023-004 is a direct extension of D-2023-003, which was originally declared on December 31, 2022.

NTTC staff will continue to monitor this emergency declaration, and will announce developments when available.