Note that nothing much is being said about the equipment that will be
used to store, meter and dispense ethanol blends over 10 percent. We know
that much of that legacy equipment is not listed to handle gasoline blended
with over 10 percent ethanol. EPA is the only agency with the authority to
lift the cap, and we hope they will consider the petroleum handling
equipment implications in its review of Growth Energy's petition.
Higher ethanol blends was a hot topic at the 21st Annual National Tanks
Conference last week in Sacramento. The eventuality of higher blends had most attendees concerned, since most of the people we talked with
seemed to think that the Obama administration is leaning toward lifting the
ethanol ceiling to E12 or E13, while EPA continues researching the effect on
SCHWARZENEGGER CALLS FOR DELAY IN EVR ENFORCEMENT
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for a delay in
the enforcement of the state's enhanced vapor recovery (EVR) program, saying
it creates a hardship for station owners impacted from the sagging economy.
Schwarzenegger urged the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to delay
enforcement 6 to 12 months and asked the legislature to come to the rescue.
A bill was quickly introduced that would impose a one-year moratorium. CARB
chairperson Mary Nichols has asked her staff to urge the state's local air
control districts to "exercise their enforcement authority with discretion
PEI members in California tell us that over 50 percent of the dispensing
facilities are in compliance with the rule. Those petroleum marketers
already in compliance are encouraging anyone who
will listen to enforce the law. PEI members in California expect EVR work to
continue through 2009.
MICHIGAN TO OFFER TAX CREDITS FOR ETHANOL, BIODIESEL DISPENSERS
Service station owners who install or convert pumps to provide E85 or
biodiesel fuels are eligible for new tax credits, the Michigan Department of
Labor and Economic Growth said March 18. The credits—30 percent of the
eligible costs of an installed or converted fuel delivery system, to a
maximum of $20,000 per applicant—are available for work completed between
January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2012.
APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, has placed five executives into key
regional and sales management positions. Kevin Callaway has been named
regional manager of the company's Gulf Coast region (Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas and Louisiana), which is based in Austin. Eddie Campbell has been
promoted to regional manager for the company's southeast division (Georgia,
Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee). Ron
Raleigh has joined Tanknology as eastern division sales manager; Blaine
Garwood is the company's new northern division sales manager, and Kevin
O'Hearn has been named Gulf Coast sales manager.
Eastern States Associates, Inc. (ESA), headquartered in Palmer,
Massachusetts, has appointed Pat Hough to the ESA sales team. A 30-year
petroleum industry veteran, he will focus his efforts on the mid-Atlantic
The acting director of EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST)
is Carolyn Hoskinson. She has most recently served as OUST's Deputy Office
Director. Cliff Rothenstein, OUST's former director, has taken a position
with the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.
Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina, has
appointed P&G Marketing and Associates, Clinton, Illinois, to
represent the company in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.
Inclusion Solutions, Chicago, Illinois, has named David Lopez as the
national sales director for its FuelCall® division.
OPW Fueling Components, Cincinnati, Ohio, has reached an exclusive
private-label distribution agreement with ELAFLEX Tankstellentechnik GmbH
& Co., Hamburg, Germany. The agreement allows OPW Fueling Components to
distribute ELAFLEX's diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) nozzles in the United States
and Canadian markets.
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, has added UETL, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,
to its network of international licensees.
Containment Solutions, Inc., Conroe, Texas, has spent $750,000
to add capacity to its Mount Union, Pennsylvania, facility.
Suncor Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada announced the proposed merger of the
two companies, with the firms operating corporately and trading under the Suncor name. Both companies have strong retail brands in Canada, with
Suncor's 427 locations and Petro-Canada's 1,323. Suncor also operates a
refining and marketing business in Ontario, with retail distribution under
the Sunoco name.
Brazil's state-controlled Petrobras has started producing and selling
E3 (3 percent ethanol) at stations across Japan.
AT&T will buy and convert 8,000 Ford vans and trucks to natural gas
over the next five years. AT&T currently has 88,000 vehicles in its fleet.
William Richard (Bill) Giles, former president of Florida Equipment
Sales, Jacksonville, Florida, died February 24 in Jacksonville. He was 86. A
World War II veteran, Bill lived in Oxford and Atlanta, Georgia, before
moving to Jacksonville in 1960. He worked for Florida Equipment Sales for 54
years and served two terms on the PEI Board of Directors. He is survived by
his wife of 62 years, Margaret; a daughter, Deborah; a son, Rick; and 4
Louisiana distributor. Pump Tech of Louisiana, P. O. Box 316,
Crowley, Louisiana 70527, has applied for distributor division membership.
John Bryant Gielen is the primary contact for the company, which was established
in 2006. The company sells and services service station equipment including
tanks and dispensers and represents AmFab, Champion, EBW, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing,
Freedom, ModernWeld, VeederR and VeriFone. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Orien Denham, Petron, Alexandria, LA.
Carwash rinse/reclamation systems manufacturer. New Wave
Industries, Inc., 3315 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, California
95660, has applied for manufacturer division membership in PEI. Danielle Heyward is marketing coordinator for the firm, which was established in
1983. The company manufactures rinse systems and water reclaim systems
which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Charlie Tew, SoPmpTnkNC, Charlotte, NC.
Alabama construction and remodeling firm. Bryant and Company, Inc.,
P. O. Box 320937, Birmingham, Alabama 35232, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Jeff Bryant is secretary/treasurer for the
firm, which was established in 1955. The company builds, remodels and
demolishes service stations throughout the Southeast. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Lucas Ford, LucasFord, St. Petersburg, FL.
Arizona installation and service company. Trinium LLC, P. O. Box
11805, Chandler, Arizona 85248, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Bryan Weber is the primary contact for the company,
which was established in 2007. The company provides installation, retrofit
and decommissioning construction. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gregg
Miller, NWPump, Portland, OR.
Costa Rica maintenance company. ACM-Petrotica, Rorhmoser, 50 oeste,
125 noroeste, Mall Plaza Mayor, San Jose, Costa Rica 1691-3000, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Luis Vargas is operations
manager for the firm, which was established in 2002. The company designs and
builds service stations and provides maintenance and repair of petroleum
equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Matt Cothren, UnivStruc, Plant
North Carolina service firm. Convenience Store Service, P. O.
Box 582, Burlington, North Carolina 27216, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Ronald Smith is owner of the firm, which
was established in 2006. The company services dispensers, carwash equipment,
lights, signage, vacuums and tire inflators. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Richard H. Long, RDMElec, Nebo, NC.
Saskatchewan installation and service company. Elgon Petroleum Inc., 201
21st Street East, Suite 1000, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 0B8, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Depesh Parmar is vice
president of the company, which was established in 2007. The company
installs, services, removes and disposes of underground and aboveground
storage tanks, and services bulk plants, service stations and airport
fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ven Cote, ZCL, Edmonton,
Wisconsin installation and service provider. G an D Petroleum, LLC,
9837 West Welsh Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53548, has applied for service
and construction division membership. Gary Moser is CEO of the firm, which
was established in 2002. The company designs, builds, installs and provides
service to the petroleum industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tim
Esterling, WestMorInd, Morris, MN.
Loss prevention solutions provider. VRX Company, Inc., P. O. Box
4663, Maryville, Tennessee 37802, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Forrest Erickson is president of the company, which was
established in 2004. The company integrates electronic scales, cash
registers or point-of-sale to closed circuit TV systems to help pinpoint
employee theft. Sponsored for PEI membership by W. Douglas Bruce, RBMCo,
Indiana training firm. Practical American Safety Solutions, LLC, 720
North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Muncie, Indiana 47307, has applied for
membership in the affiliate division. Raymond Rees is vice president of
operations and information for the company, which was established in 2003.
The company is currently designing and implementing a system to train
operators of underground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Daniel J. Esposito, OilEqpSup, Indianapolis, IN.
North Carolina environmental consulting firm. M D Shaw &
Associates, P.C., 8501 Foxtail Lane, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078, has
applied for affiliate division membership. Michael Shaw is president of the
firm, which was established in 2007. The company provides environmental
consulting services to underground storage tank owners and operators.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Benjamin Thomas, ThomasAscs, Clinton, WA.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- MPI Consultants LLC, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (aff)
- Alaska Fuel Systems Inc., Anchorage, AK (S&C)
- AVA Environmental Inc., Compton, CA (S&C)
- Commercial Fuel Systems, Inc., Mount Airy, MD (S&C)
- Gillhespy Inc., Grand Rapids, MI (S&C)
- Kaiser Commercial Petroleum, Linden, CA (S&C)
- MDM Services, Inc., Lakeland, FL (S&C)
- Moonlight Petroleum Services, Tampa, FL (S&C)
- Petro Flow, Inc., Southport, FL (S&C)
- TriStar Petroleum Equipment Co., Oklahoma City, OK (S&C)
- Lynd Fueling Systems, Inc., Plano, TX (S&C)
- C-First, Inc., Roanoke, VA (S&C)