Pilot Flying J avoids prosecution related to its alleged diesel rebate fraud scheme, but does not avoid paying $92 million. The deal comes after the company also agreed to pay $85 million to a number of trucking companies.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Tennessee, the agreement “expressly states that it provides no protection from prosecution to any individual, and moreover, imposes a continuing obligation on Pilot to provide complete cooperation with the ongoing federal investigation of current and former Pilot employees relating to fraudulent conduct involving the sale of diesel fuel.”
Here's a letter from the DOJ detailing the agreement.
Trillium CNG officials announced today the company has opened its first public access fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station in Nashville.
Located at the Pacific Pride station at 402 N. First St., north of LP Field, the station will serve as the primary Southeast fueling location for Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Paper Transport's 100 vehicle natural gas powered fleet.
The facility is the third CNG station in Nashville, joining those of Piedmont and Waste Management.
"We recognized the need to offer customers a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel alternative and are pleased to partner with Trillium CNG on the opening," Rob Jewell, vice president for Tri Star Energy, which owns the Pacific Pride station, said in a release. "CNG fleets travelling these corridors — as well as local fleets — now have a conveniently located option open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
Trillium CNG is headquartered in Chicago.
The environmental benefits* of natural gas fuel are myriad, including approximately 20-25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 70-90 percent reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and 67-94 percent lower in particulate-matter emissions.
According to Citi Research** the natural gas adoption rates by commercial trucks will be constrained by the lack of infrastructure and are estimated to be in the 5-15 percent range over the next five years. Much of the growth will come from dense freight corridors near major population centers. In the next two years, it is estimated that 150 – 200 public access CNG stations will open nationally, with as many as 400 stations per year opening from 2016 – 2020.
Steven Hale details what went wrongish for the Amp on Capitol Hill. The short answer is, "Plenty," and much of it has been the result of the Dean administration being caught flat-footed. As to where things go from here...
The legislative fight over The Amp has stirred up a volatile set of political dynamics that could be factors in this and other issues going forward. For instance: What effect, if any, does the open gubernatorial race in 2018 have on issues that pit Democrat Karl Dean against Republican Beth Harwell? That's a juicy what-if. But at present, there's a more pressing issue, according to insiders and a good set of eyes: the frosty relationship between Dean and Davidson County's state legislators, exacerbated by the mayor's inability, or unwillingness, to cultivate Tennessee lawmakers on pivotal city issues.
Milwaukee-based Quick Fuel has signed on with Comdata to add the Brentwood-based company's fuel site controller and radio frequency identification technologies to its fuel card system. The deal adds more than 50 automated fuel stations to Comdata's network.
Nashville International Airport was to have been connected to Pikeville, Ky., starting last Monday. But the Appalachian Air planes haven't started making their flights because the Eastern Kentucky airport hasn't met all the standards laid out by the Federal Aviation Administration. Area officials say they're working hard to obtain certification in the near future.