CHAPTER 818

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, did on November 21, 1973, proclaim that a State of Emergency existed within the entire State of Delaware by reason of an impending or actual acute shortage of useable energy reserves; and

WHEREAS, in light of that crisis and in conjunction with the proclaiming of the State of Emergency, the 127th General Assembly, on November 19, 1973, by virtue of the passage of Senate Bill No. 397, as amended, which was signed into law on November 20, 1973, authorized and empowered the Governor to promulgate reasonable orders, rules and regulations as he deemed necessary, to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to bring the emergency situation under control within the acknowledged limitation of his powers as one Governor of one State; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill No. 397, as amended, authorizes the Governor to, inter alia, establish and implement standards for the conservation and consumption of energy reserves as well as modify existing standards and requirements affecting the use of energy reserves; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to verify fuels inventory and eliminate insofar as is possible profiteering by unreported petroleum products storage.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, determine that the following action is reasonable and necessary in view of the emergency situation, and do hereby order and declare as follows:

1. The Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (herein referred to as the "Secretary") and any succeeding office or person as I may hereafter designate, is hereby authorized and directed to determine the extent or quantity of petroleum products storage in heretofore vacant or unused storage tanks such as gas stations and industrial sites, etc. The Secretary is hereby empowered to inspect and sample any storage tanks in which he reasonably believes petroleum products are stored.

2. The Secretary shall determine if any such fuel found was reported as required by Executive Order Number 30, establishing an inventory of various energy reserves and resources.

3. This Proclamation shall be effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, December 27, 1973 and shall terminate not later than January 31, 1974.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 21st day of December,

(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.

SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor

Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State