Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican in Obama’s cabinet announced that he plans to leave the administration as soon as a successor is confirmed. The list of possible replacements includes Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman, and former Representative Jim Oberstar of Minnesota.

As a follow-up to Department of Transportation (DOT)’s “Call to Action,” the Agency released a Pipeline Safety Update to provide a pipeline safety report after a review of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure. In particular, the update summarizes DOT’s call to action plan to accelerate the rehabilitation, repair, and replacement of high risk pipeline infrastructure, the

In the latest of a series of Presidential statements on infrastructure permitting, on March 22, 2012 President Obama issued an Executive Order directing pertinent agencies to “coordinate and expedite their reviews . . . to expedite decisions related to domestic pipeline infrastructure projects, ” and in a Presidential Memorandum issued that same day, specifically identified