Energy Task Force 

Gov. John Baldacci says he is setting up

an energy task force to help coordinate state resources to deal

with potential fuel shortages during Maine’s upcoming heating


With heating oil prices already at record levels, Baldacci

indicated that fuel shortages or price spikes could trigger

emergency situations that require the opening of public shelters

and state monitoring of price gouging.

The governor cautioned that the state’s ability to influence

global markets is limited. He said Maine cannot, by itself, solve

the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.