Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Speedy Change for GHG Phase 2 Not Expected

Trailer aerodynamics Provisions in the Phase 2 rule under EPA review include trailer aerodynamics such as this. (Ridge Corp.)

A notice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit parts of the Phase 2 final rule on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks isn’t likely to create changes quickly, as the agency has not presented plans for expedited action and environmental groups are vowing to pursue a challenge in a federal appeals court — once the case is no longer being held in abeyance.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2017
Business, Fuel

Harvey Knocks Out More Refineries, Shifting Global Oil Flows

Flint Hills Resources oil refinery near downtown Houston The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery near downtown Houston on Aug. 29, 2017. (David J. Phillip/AP)

DALLAS — Hurricane Harvey is sending pump prices higher for U.S. motorists and causing temporary shifts in the flow of oil and gasoline around the world after taking down a huge chunk of U.S. refining capacity.

David Koenig | AP Business Writer
August 30, 2017
Government, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Electric Trucks Will Help ‘Kill Dirty Diesel,’ California Lawmakers Say

Ken James/Bloomberg News

Parked east of the California Capitol steps was a long line of vehicles as clean as they were large, including a yellow school bus, a UPS delivery truck and an AC Transit bus — all with electric or hybrid motors.

Katy Murphy | East Bay (Calif.) Times
August 30, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

More Than 145,000 Comments Filed on EPA’s Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard

Biodiesel pump in Minnesota United Soybean Board

Comments on a plan by the Trump administration to halt the future growth of biomass-based diesel fuel and reduce the short-term requirements for all renewable fuels were largely split down the middle, pro and con.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

New Low-Sulfur Rules for Maritime Fuels Force Fleets to Scramble

The International Maritime Organization announced that shippers and global refiners must reduce sulfur content in marine bunker fuels by January 2020, five years earlier than had been expected.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Debuts All-Electric Demonstration Truck, the Aeos

Aeos main view Up close with the new Aeos at its unveiling. (Steve Sturgess for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. has unveiled a concept truck with an all-electric powertrain, highlighting the diesel engine manufacturer’s commitment to electric power as an important part of its future.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
August 29, 2017
Business, Fuel

As Harvey Rages in Texas, Diesel Starts to Climb

Harvey impacts Texas refinery Tankers enter a Marathon refinery in Texas City before Harvey hit. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 0.9 cent to $2.605 a gallon as Hurricane Harvey wound down to a tropical storm after it disrupted oil production platforms and fuel refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas before inundating Houston.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2017
Business, Fuel

Harvey Could Have Deep Impact on Texas Oil, US Economy

truck immersed in floodwaters After helping the driver of the submerged truck get to safety, a man floats on the freeway flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 27, near downtown Houston. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey along Texas’ refinery-rich coast could have long-standing and far-reaching consequences for the state’s oil and gas industry and the larger U.S. economy.

Marcy Gordon | AP Business Writer
August 27, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Four Former Pilot Executives Set for Trial Oct. 31

Mark Hazelwood (left) Mark Hazelwood, left, following February 2016 arraignment. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel)

More than four years after an FBI raid on the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the exhaustive investigation into a diesel fuel rebate fraud could be nearing its end come Oct. 31.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

More States Explore Truck-Platooning Technology and Regulations

Truck Platoon Peloton

It could be years before drivers on U.S. highways catch a glimpse of a tractor-trailer rig cruising down the highway with another truck trailing a perilous 20 or 30 feet behind.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
August 23, 2017