On November 1, 1973, the federal government initiated and later expanded a mandatory fuel allocation program, to provide a means of equitably and effectively distributing petroleum products to the states.
In light of our state's anticipated petroleum usage and consumption it is clear that the anticipated demand for petroleum products will exceed the supply available under the mandatory allocation program unless our citizens are able to reduce fuel consumption to an extent proportionate to the unavailable supply.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Daniel J. Evans, Governor of the State of Washington, do by virtue of the power vested in me, reconfirm my designation of the State Department of Emergency Services as the state office to administer the state reserve program and other priorities of the mandatory fuel allocation program under Section 203 (a) (3) of the Economic Stabilization Act, as amended by PL-93-28, 12 USC S 1904.
The department shall be responsible for working with the Federal Energy Office, all agencies of state government, local governmental units, public and private organizations, citizens, and the petroleum industry to offset to the extent possible the detrimental effects resulting from oil shortages that may be experienced in this state. The department shall also assist our citizens in alleviating problems encountered by the shortage of petroleum products in the months ahead.
I also call on all petroleum energy users in this state to reduce their usage so that the total consumption in this state will not exceed the supply of available fuel. A concerted effort by all home owners, consumers, businesses, commercial establishments, and industrial plants, in addition to state and local government agencies to reduce fuel consumption will aid in ameliorating a fuel shortage which could lead to great hardship for many of our citizens.
have hereunto set
my hand and caused the seal of the State of
Washington to be affixed at Olympia this
4th day of April A.D., Nineteen hundred and seventy-four.
Daniel J. Evans
Secretary of State