In a surprising announcement to a packed hearing room, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar pulled HR4016, the HMSTA2009 bill that contains the ban on wetlines, from the Committee agenda on November 5th . He scolded industry for waiting so long to raise issues with the bill and announced that there would be a field hearing on the bill in Baltimore the week of November 16. That hearing will include a trip to an NTTC associate member repair facility Baltimore Cargo Tank Services Inc.
There is no doubt that the calls, emails, visits and other communications members made with their local congressman greatly contributed to this development. We must keep that effort going. We will keep you fully informed. This is a delay for further fact-finding and the legislation will move forward.