Montana man sentenced for transporting hazardous materials illegally

Truck was incorrectly placarded

Posted September 3, 2015

On August 20, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Billings, a Montana man was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and ordered to pay $2,100 in fines related to the illegal transportation of hazardous materials. He pleaded guilty to charges in May 2015.

On December 29, 2012, the man loaded natural gas condensate, or "drip gas," from a pipeline station that transports products from oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. The drip gas was hauled from Watford City, North Dakota, to a slop-oil processing/recycling company near Wibaux, Montana. The bill of lading that accompanied the shipment identified the product as "slop oil and water," which is a non-hazardous substance. However, while the man was pumping from the truck's front tank into the facility’s tank, a fire ignited, injuring three employees. The tanks on the truck burned for eight days until the local fire department could determine that they held drip gas and not slop oil and water, as indicated on the bill of lading. Drip gas is a hazardous material and the truck was not placarded to indicate it held a flammable liquid.

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)J. J. Keller's 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) helps satisfy DOT's requirement that hazmat shipments be accompanied by emergency response info.


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