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  • Truck Tonnage


    Truck tonnage in October rose to the second-highest level on record and climbed 4.5% from a year ago, American Trucking Associations reported Nov. 18. 

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  • Diesel's National Average

    Diesel's national average pump price resumed its downward trend Nov. 17 after last week’s increase, slipping 1.6 cents to $3.661 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported. 


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  • House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

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    The House of Representatives easily approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Nov. 14, the first vote on the controversial issue since Congress returned to Washington this week for its lame duck session.
    The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 161 and was sent to the Senate, which is to vote on the measure next week.
    President Obama, however, reiterated while still on his Asian trip this week that he will veto any bill authorizing the pipeline because it is still being evaluated by the U.S. State Department — a requirement since the pipeline would cross an international border.
    “Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else,” the president said today during a visit to Yangon, Myanmar. “It doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices.”
    The Keystone, which is to carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast, is hotly opposed by environmentalists and by some residents in Nebraska, one of the states in the pipeline’s path.
    A court suit is being played out in the state on the issue there and a supporter of the pipeline, Rep. Lee Terry (R), was defeated in the November election by a pipeline opponent, Brad Ashford (D).






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  • Two Trucking Firms Allege Haslam at Center of Rebate Conspiracy

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    Two trucking companies alleged in a legal filing last week that Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam was at the center of a conspiracy to shortchange them of diesel fuel rebates.
    In a Nov. 14 “bill of particulars,” National Retail Transportation Inc. and Keystone Freight Corp. said it was Haslam who instructed Pilot employees to enter into agreements with the carriers to receive specific discounts for purchasing fuel with the truck-stop chain.
    “Haslam never intended for Pilot to honor its agreement with the plaintiffs, and rather, each month, Pilot’s employees under Haslam’s direction and control manually adjusted and reduced the rebates that were due and owing to NRT/KFC,” the court document said. “Pilot’s employees, under Haslam’s direction and control, sent fraudulent rebate checks to NRT/KFC in New Jersey.”
    The court document did not provide additional details that would prove its claims, and the carriers’ attorney, Leonard Leicht, of Livingston, New Jersey, declined comment on the specifics of the allegations.
    “We are confident in the case, looking forward to getting discovery started,” Leicht told Transport Topics.
    A spokeswoman for Pilot did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Pilot has been under investigation since FBI agents raided the company’s Knoxville, Tennessee, headquarters in April 2013.
    So far, 10 executives have entered into plea bargain agreements that require them to cooperate with federal investigators, but they have yet to be sentenced






    Todd E. Smith, President          

    Thomas Wilson Group, LLC  
    5214 Maryland Way, Ste. 303
    Brentwood, Tennessee 37027



    615.277.0751
    615.277.0754 fax