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Haslam points to progress at Pilot Flying J
Other headlines: Ohio drillers to reveal fracking chemicals; Drunken driver registry incomplete
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Haslam points to progress at Pilot Flying J
  • Ohio drillers to reveal fracking chemicals
  • Drunken driver registry incomplete
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    Haslam points to progress at Pilot Flying J
    Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says his family’s Pilot Flying J truck stop business is doing fine despite pending lawsuits from two dozen trucking companies, and a slow economy. 

    In today’s press conference Haslam sought to reassure customers that the company is making progress in its review of 7,000 diesel fuel contracts and that Pilot will pay back any amounts owed.

    Haslam outlined a five-point plan to recover from the rebate scandal.  He says Pilot Flying J now looks to investigate the past eight years of relations with trucking companies, rebuild its sales team, and establish an independent counsel to review the case.

    Pilot Flying J reached a tentative $40 million federal settlement this summer to repay with interest trucking firms that were shorted by the truck-stop chain.

    Around two dozen companies balked at the deal and are suing Pilot.


    Ohio drillers to reveal fracking chemicals
    Ohio officials are advising oil and gas companies to share information on the toxic chemicals they use with local authorities, including first responders.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/16YbGnU )reports that Ohio notified companies this month that federal disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring only that the information be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

    The guidance affecting the state's burgeoning hydraulic fracturing industry follows an April 26 letter in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made clear that Ohio's chemical-reporting laws don't supersede federal right-to-know requirements.

    The letter came in response to a complaint by environmentalists involving a January chemical emergency near St. Marys in Auglaize County.

    The head of Ohio's oil and gas association said the state law was intended to ease access to the information.


    Drunken driver registry incomplete
    A newspaper investigation shows the Ohio online registry of repeatedly convicted drunken drivers includes information from only about half of the counties in the state and doesn't include some habitual offenders.

    The registry of those who operated a vehicle while under the influence is meant to include public information about those convicted of at least five OVI offenses within 20 years.

    The Advocate in Newark (http://ohne.ws/1bW07Vg ) reports 75 courts from 46 of Ohio's 88 counties have submitted data since the registry was created five years ago.

    The registry now lists 522 offenders, though that includes several dozen duplicates.

    The Ohio Department of Public Safety maintains the registry with information submitted by courts. There is no penalty under law if courts don't provide the information.

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