American Elephants

Bureaucrats Know Better How a Job Should Be Done. Really? by The Elephant's Child

A bipartisan group of sixty House members has called on the Department of Transportation to reverse the regulatory guidance that was issued in June, limiting the ability of supply trucks to service oil and gas fields.

They not only argued that the guidance reversed 50 years of established practice without warning to the industry. The regulatory guidance will harm not just the oil and gas industry, but related industries that also contribute to job growth. “Such a change significantly restricts the operations of individuals and businesses engaged in hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ operations, increasing their costs and restricting their ability to provide good-paying jobs to American citizens and low-cost energy to U.S. consumers” they said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. There they go with the job-killing regulations again.

Th Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released regulatory guidance in June. It is often necessary for drivers servicing oil and gas fields to stay on duty beyond 11 hours because fields may be in remote areas accessible only by unpaved roads. In addition, once trucks get to the oil or gas field, they are often forced to wait to load or unload, based on the activity going on at the site. Other drivers would be capped at 11 hours. This makes it hard for sites to coordinate its operations, would require more trucks and drivers, increase costs and produce more vehicle traffic.

The FMCSA is holding “listening sessions” around the country.

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