CALIFORNIA MARINA FUELING PROJECT REPORT
The California State Water Resources Control Board's Marina Fueling
Facility (MFF) Project included a statewide study to evaluate the status of
MFFs. The major finding of the research was marina fueling systems in
California are not designed, constructed, or operated to prevent fuel
releases. The full 24-page report is available at
www.pei.org/frd. It was also determined
that existing laws and regulations are inconsistent across regulatory
programs and in many cases no requirements exist at all. The State Water
Board staff recommends the following steps be taken to protect coastal and
inland waters from fuel releases:
- Upgrade or install fully double-walled systems;
- Use appropriate continuous electronic leak detection between the
primary and secondary containment;
- Have all piping used in aboveground applications approved by an
independent testing organization in accordance with industry standards;
- Use anti-siphon devices; and
- Have an emergency shut-off switch.
SENATORS URGE UL TO LIST E85 DISPENSERS
According to the Rapid City Journal, 14 senators have written
Underwriters Laboratories urging the testing group to list E85 dispensers.
"Potential vendors of E85 may have significant problems installing new
equipment as a result of risk management issues associated with no UL
listing," the senators wrote. One of the senators, South Dakota's John
Thune, said the lack of a listing has had a "chilling effect" on the
installation of new E85 dispensers and that he might consider legislative
action if UL doesn't act, the paper said.
MINNESOTA TO PUSH E20
Minnesota is expected to request that EPA approve the use
of E20 in vehicles. Since EPA has
limited time to act on such a request under the Clean Air Act, Senator John
Thune (R-SD) has written EPA to begin preparations for a review. A close
review and analysis would be necessary because EPA would have to ensure that
E20 does not impair the emissions control systems of vehicles before
granting the waiver. Experts say regular vehicles will have to be retooled
to use ethanol content beyond 10 percent per gallon of gasoline. I wonder
if anybody from Minnesota or Senator Thune's office thought about the
petroleum marketing equipment that would be used to store, meter and
dispense the E20?
ATLANTA NACS SHOW UPDATE
80 percent of the exhibit space sold in the Petroleum Equipment & Services
Area of the NACS Show, booth space is selling quickly. To
date we have 115 PEI members showing equipment in over 440 booths. There are
only about 100 booths remaining in the Petroleum Equipment & Services Area.
As before, the NACS Show is organized into six areas, with the Petroleum Equipment & Services section containing most PEI
members' products. The Technology area is
located adjacent to Petroleum Equipment & Services. There is
a separate entrance for the Petroleum Equipment & Services area,
making it easy to get in and out of the trade show. The list of exhibiting
companies and a floor plan is available at www.pei.org/show/exhibits.asp.
DISPENSER COMPANY NEWS
Dresser, Inc. has reached an agreement for a consortium of financial
advisors to acquire the company. The consortium is led by Riverstone
Holdings LLC, and includes one of the company's current owners, First
Reserve Corporation. Patrick M. Murray, Dresser's chairman and CEO, said in
the company's March 12 announcement that the acquisition means "it's
business as usual." The transaction is expected to close in 60 to 120 days.
After the transaction closes, Murray will retire and John Ryan will become
chief executive officer. Ryan was named Dresser's president and COO in
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) believes that automatic temperature
compensation would benefit consumers and wants automatic temperature
compensation equipment deployed in California as soon as possible.--March
14, 2007, telephone conference call with Martin Gafinowitz, president of
BILL WOULD MAKE EMPLOYERS PAY FOR PPE
A bill that would compel OSHA to issue a standard requiring employers to
pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) was introduced March 6 in the
U.S. House of Representatives. The "Protective Equipment for America's
Workers Act" directs the Labor secretary to implement OSHA's proposed PPE
standard within 30 days of being signed into law. OSHA first formally
proposed a standard requiring employers to pay for the costs of faceshields,
lanyards, lifelines, protective clothing, and other PPE in 1999.
RETAIL MARGINS DOWN
After enjoying healthy profit margins for some time, U.S. retailers and
wholesalers are now suffering due to the recent sharp climb in refined
product prices. Since the beginning of the year, retail margins have been
trending downward as prices at the pump have lagged behind the sharp
increases seen at the refinery. "February and March have wiped out all the
profits of January, " Oil Price Information Service reported earlier
this month. "In six short weeks--from mid-January to early March--nationwide
gasoline margins have dropped 80 percent to average just a nickel per gallon
NEW C-STORE DATA RELEASED
The number of convenience stores in the United States grew 3.2 percent
over the past year and now stands at 145,119 according to the National
Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Over 79 percent of those C-stores
sell gasoline. The number of one-owner stores--those that are owned and
operated as a one-store business or franchise--increased to 62 percent of
all stores in the United States. Five years ago the number of one-owner
operators was 50 percent.
EU SETS RENEWABLES TARGET
As part of its ongoing bid to combat climate change, the European Union
(EU) adopted a wide-ranging set of binding energy and environmental measures
on March 9. A 10 percent flexible target for biodiesel and bioethanol use in
cars and trucks by 2020 was also set--provided it can be achieved in a
cost-effective way, subject to production being sustainable.
INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM MARKETING NOTES
Chevron Oil Products Indonesia has been granted a temporary retail
license in Indonesia, marking its first move into the country's downstream
retail sector. Until foreign licenses were granted at the end of 2005,
state-owned Pertamina had a retail and distribution monopoly on petroleum
products. Royal Dutch Shell now runs four retail outlets in Indonesia, while
Malaysia's Petronas plans to open 21 gasoline stations this year. France's
Total is also interested in entering the retail market, according to local
LUKoil plans to finalize the purchase of 376 stations in Europe from
ConocoPhillips in the second quarter of 2007. The purchase will
enable the company to enter the markets of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and
Belgium, and to strengthen its position in Poland, Hungary and Finland.--PetrolPlaza,
March 5, 2007.
HONORS, PROMOTIONS AND ELECTIONS
Power Integrity Corporation, Greensboro, North Carolina, has named
Mike Long and Associates, Inc., Mooresville, North Carolina, its 2006 Rep of
Dover Resources has promoted David Crouse to president of
its OPW Fluid Transfer Group, Riverside, Missouri, effective April 1, 2007.
Since 2005, Crouse has been president of OPW Fuel Management Systems, based
in Chicago, Illinois.
The Kansas Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association elected the
following PEI members as association officers at their meeting earlier this
month: Richard D. Dixon, P. B. Hoidale Company (president); Phil Farrell,
Double Check Company (vice president); David Broyles, Broyles (vice
president); and Steven W. Bryant, HCS Petroleum Equipment
OPW Engineered Systems, Lebanon, Ohio, has appointed Jeff Reichert to
the position of director, quality and productivity.
Universal Valve, Elizabeth, New Jersey, has announced that
Windward Marketing Group, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, has been named its 2006
Rep of the Year.
NORTH AMERICAN PETROLEUM MARKETING ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTMENTS
Skinny's Inc., Abilene, Texas, has been acquired by Alon USA
Dallas, Texas. Skinny's owns and operates 102 Fina branded convenience
stores in Central and West Texas. Alon currently operates 206 stores in West
Texas and New Mexico.
The Pantry Inc., Sanford, North Carolina, has acquired 11 convenience
stores in the Spartanburg, South Carolina, market from Willard Oil Co.
Alimentation Couche-Tard, Laval, Quebec, has agreed to buy 53
convenience stores in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from Star Fuel Marts.
Thirty-nine of the locations have drive-through car washes. The company has
also signed an agreement to purchase 28 stores in northwest Ohio from
Sterling Stores LLC. The stores will
be converted to Couche-Tard's Circle K banner.
BP will sell 83 sites in the Atlanta area that will be either
reimaged or developed as ampm franchise stores with BP-branded gasoline
2007 Safe Tank Best Practices Conference
will be held April 17-18, 2007, at
the Houston Area Safety Council's NASA facility. Topics include tank
cleaning, fall prevention, tank entry, heat stress, hot work, permitting,
tank inspection, PPE, inert entry, static electricity, ventilation and
environmental issues. To register, contact Alexis Orchowski at 202-682-8397
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has proposed $7 million in her
2008 fiscal year budget for state biofuel infrastructure grants in the
amount of $5,000 to $10,000 to meet her goal of having 1,000 biofuel
dispensers in the state by the end of 2008.
Florida fuel cleaning service company. Clean Fuel Technologies Inc.,
5447 Selton Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32277, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Brad Runge is president of the firm, which was
established in 2006. The company operates an optic fuel cleaning service
serving the southeastern United States. Nominated for PEI membership by F.
R. Scudder, MecoAtl, Atlanta, GA.
Florida environmental consulting firm. Enviro-Logical Solutions,
Inc., 5147 West Clifton Street, Tampa, Florida 33634, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Chris Troutman is fuel services manager for
the firm, which was established in 1991. The company provides environmental
consulting services including environmental assessment, compliance and
engineering services. Nominated for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL,
Addison, IL, and Matt Cothren, UnivStruc, Plant City, FL.
Missouri environmental firm. Genesis Environmental Solutions, Inc.,
929 S.E. 3rd Street, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64063, has applied for affiliate
division membership. M. Shaun Thomas is president of the firm, which was
established in 2004. The company installs, repairs, inspects and removes
aboveground and underground storage tanks. Nominated for PEI membership by
Doug Hurt, Neumayer, St. Louis, MO.
Virginia installation and service company. The Makar Company, LLC, P.
O. Box 1200, Berryville, Virginia 22611, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Brian C. Marcheiewski is president of the firm, which was
established in 2001. Nominated for PEI membership by Galen C. Heaps,
PetroSupMD, Laurel, MD.
Automation technology firm. TouchStar, 5147 South Garnett Road, Suite
D, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146, has applied for affiliate division membership.
Michel Murphy is marketing director for the company, which was established
in 1996. TouchStar provides comprehensive, adaptive computing and automation
solutions for the petrochemical and field service industries. Nominated for
PEI membership by Scott T. Ramsdell, Ramsdell, Flandreau, SD.
Texas service specialist. Kennedy Construction Company, P. O. Box
807, Grandview, Texas 76050, has applied for affiliate division membership.
Karen Kennedy is president of the firm, which was established in 2001. The
company provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste site operations, spill
response, site clean up, remediation services and tank removals. Nominated
for PEI membership by Fred Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX.
Fuel dispenser manufacturer. Chen Fuel Systems Ltd., Industrial Zone
No. 3, P. O. Box 262, Maalot, Israel 21071, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Reuben Perez is an engineer for the firm, which was
established in 1999. Chen Fuel Systems manufactures fuel dispensers and
central control data systems. Nominated for PEI membership by Richard Jiang,
BlueSky, Wenzhou, China.
- Optic Fuel Clean of CA, Paradise, CA (aff)
- Daiya Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd., Singapore (aff)