Department of Transportation Clarifies Regulations Regarding Abandoned Pipelines

By | Baker Energy Blog | August 25, 2016
Department of Transportation Clarifies  Regulations Regarding Abandoned Pipelines

On Aug. 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-2016-05 to owners and operators of pipelines used for the transportation of hazardous liquids, carbon dioxide and gas, clarifying that owners and operators of these pipelines must comply with all safety regulations, even if their pipelines are inactive, decommissioned or idle.

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Failure to Hire DOT Driver After Positive Drug Test Result Leads to ADA Claim

A South Carolina company that hauls gasoline, diesel fuel and ethanol throughout the country will face an Americans with Disabilities Act suit brought by a rejected DOT driver applicant with a sleep disorder for which he was prescribed an amphetamine (Dexedrine), the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond has decided, reversing a lower’s court’s dismissal of John Lisotto’s lawsuit.  

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DOT IG Recommends Lowering Pipeline Safety Criminal Liability Standard to ‘Reckless’

By | Pipeline Law | March 9, 2016

As the U.S. House of Representatives considers reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA), a House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee requested input from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on ways to enhance the enforcement of criminal pipeline safety laws under the PSA. 

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DOT Expands Potential Liability in the Area of Commercial Truck Driving

DOT Expands Potential Liability in the Area of Commercial Truck Driving

On November 30, 2015 the DOT issued its final rule prohibiting coercion of commercial drivers, which expands the current whistle-blowing provisions jointly administered by the Department of Labor and the Department of Transportation via a Memo of Understanding issued last year.

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