|Dear PEI Member:
A first-rate program for
convention and tradeshow in Atlanta (October 5-8) has been planned by the
2010 PEI Education Committee. All of our speakers in Atlanta are experts in
their field and many have had long-term relationships with PEI and our
members. Here is the lineup:
Dan Thurmon, Kick-Off Breakfast, Wednesday, October 6. Dan's
high-energy presentation is like none you've ever seen before. It's so good
that members of the Association Executives Council of the National
Association of Wholesaler-Distributors ranked Dan as one of the top six
speakers on the national circuit this year. His audiences range from Fortune
500 companies to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His topic: Off
Balance on Purpose. This event has limited seating and requires a
Jeff Leiter is back with us once again to talk about the
regulations that are expected to drive our business in the years ahead. PEI
and Jeff go back well over two decades; he understands our business and
speaks our language. His Regulatory Update session will be presented
twice on Wednesday, October 6, to ensure that those who want to hear his
presentation will have the opportunity to do so.
If you care about how developments in Washington will affect
your business, you are in for a rare treat with Jade West's
session on the Political Outlook (Wednesday, October 6). Jade is
senior vice president for government relations for the National Association
of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). Prior to joining NAW, she was staff
director for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee and served as
executive director for the U.S. Senate Steering Committee. We have known
Jade since she came to NAW in 2002. There is no person better to talk
about the midterm election and national issues impacting distribution. She
is a great speaker and her topic is timely. We guarantee you will not be
There is growing evidence that social networking can be a powerful ally to businesses. Which
strategies are the most effective and how can PEI members use them
successfully? Dave Nelsen will
explain how to tap into powerful social networks, social media, and internet communication tools
in his Social Media presentation, offered twice on Wednesday, October
President of the oldest economics research firm in the country, Alan
Beaulieu's Institute for Trend Research has correctly predicted historic
turning points in the economy for 60 years with a 96 percent accuracy rate.
Alan, who also is senior economic advisor to the National Association of
Wholesaler-Distributors, was our highest ranked speaker last year. We
brought him back because he is one of the few individuals who makes
economics interesting while providing easy-to-understand action strategies
for companies involved in distribution. His Economic Update will
be presented Wednesday, October 6.
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Two panels dealing with fuels issues will be offered prior to
the PEI Membership Brunch on Thursday, October 7. One panel, comprised of
industry experts and federal regulators, will provide the latest information
on the waiver request of Growth Energy to make E15 available to
vehicles that are not flex-fuel compatible. The other panel of experts will share the
latest information available on the effect of ultra low sulfur diesel
(ULSD) on petroleum marketing equipment. Plan on splitting your team up
since these sessions will be offered simultaneously.
Philip Verleger will deliver the keynote address during PEI's
annual membership meeting and brunch. He will speak on the Future of
Petroleum Motor Fuels and Trends in the Current Fuels Market. We talked
to Dr. Verleger last Friday about his presentation and are certain you will
find it very thought-provoking. Bob Renkes will conclude the session
and speak about the Outlook for the Petroleum Equipment Industry
after Dr. Verleger's talk.
PEI has put together an outstanding group of sessions for attendees in
Atlanta. Admittance for all sessions is by badge only. If you have not yet
registered for the 2010 PEI Convention, you can take advantage of advance
registration discounts for a few more days.
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ADA REGULATIONS REVISED
On July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations
revising the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA regulations, including its ADA
Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards), which cover fuel dispenser
layout and accessibility. We anticipate the official
text will be published soon in the Federal Register.
The final rules will take effect six months after the date on
which they are published in the Federal Register. Compliance with
the 2010 Standards is permitted after that date, but not required until 18
months after the date of publication.
The regulations include a general "safe harbor" under which elements in covered
facilities that were built or altered in compliance with the previous 1991 Standards
will not be required to be brought into compliance with the 2010 Standards
until the elements are subject to a planned alteration.
The 1991 Standards set the maximum height for side reach at 54 inches above
the floor. The 2010 Standards lower that maximum height to 48 inches for a
forward or side reach to a gas pump and/or card reader. The new Standard
also states that at least one pump for each type of fuel must be accessible.
The 2010 Standards exempt gas pump nozzles from the technical requirement
for activating force.
At a later date, we will provide more information about the alterations provisions and the
"technically infeasible" exception to the Standards as it relates
to dispensers with internally-mounted card readers.
CANADA PUBLISHES ETHANOL REGULATIONS; BIODIESEL REQUIREMENTS PENDING
On September 1, the Government of Canada announced that
regulations requiring an average renewable fuel content of five percent in
gasoline have been finalized and will come into effect starting December 15,
2010. Canada will implement a requirement for two percent renewable content
in diesel fuel and heating oil, subject to successful demonstration of
technical feasibility under the range of Canadian conditions, which would be
put in place by an amendment to the Renewable Fuels Regulations.
SOUTH DAKOTA TESTS E85 AND E30 VERSUS E10
South Dakota has begun testing E30 in some of the state's flex-fuel vehicles
(FFVs) as part of a yearlong study to determine the most cost-effective fuel
blend for those vehicles. A test pool of 86 model year 2009 Chevrolet
Impalas is being used to compare the cost per operating mile of higher
blends of ethanol and E10. Half of the pool is being fueled with E10 for the
entire year while the remaining 43 vehicles were fueled for six months with
E85 and will use E30 for the remainder of the study.
Test results from the E85 portion of the study showed that the fuel did
not improve operating costs per mile. While E85 cost 23 cents per gallon
less than E10 during the six-month test period, it resulted in a 23 percent
decrease in miles per gallon, equating to a nearly even operating cost per
mile when compared to E10. The state began using E30 in the test group in
July and so far has not compiled any preliminary results of E30 versus E10
or E85.―Ethanol Producer Magazine, September,
FRANKLIN FUELING ACQUIRES PETROTECHNIK
Franklin Fueling Systems, Madison, Wisconsin, has acquired all the
outstanding shares of PetroTechnik Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk, United
Kingdom. PetroTechnik's consolidated annual sales are about $38.6 million.
Don Kenney, president of Franklin Fueling Systems, stated, "The acquisition
of PetroTechnik and its subsidiaries in the UK, France, Brazil, India and
China, doubles Franklin Fueling's global pipe and containment sales, doubles
our revenue in Europe and increases our overall non-U.S. sales by 50
percent." John Boudry, chief executive officer of PetroTechnik, will provide
consulting services throughout the integration.
CDFA OFFERS GUIDE FOR UST MAINTENANCE AT ULSD DISPENSING FACILITIES
The Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance (CDFA), a partnership of public and
private organizations created to facilitate the transition to ultra low
sulfur diesel (ULSD), has published Guidance for Underground Storage Tank
Management at ULSD Dispensing Facilities. The guide is intended to
provide basic information about how to prevent the spread of bacteria and
fungi in tanks and how to identify symptoms of contamination. It also
provides information about corrosion issues reported by respondents to a PEI
survey conducted this spring. Download the full guide
California. The State Water Board has determined that diesel exhaust
fluid (DEF), with an approximate urea solution of 30 percent, is not a
hazardous substance as defined in Section 25281 of the Health and Safety
Code. As a result, underground storage tanks storing DEF are not regulated
under Chapter 6.7 of the Health and Safety Code.
Dallas. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade denied an injunction sought
against a Dallas ordinance that gives CNG-fueled taxicabs the right to go to
the front of the cabstand at Dallas Love Field. The ordinance was passed by
the Dallas City Council in an effort to improve the city's air quality. The
injunction was sought by the Association of Taxicab Operators USA, whose
members drive gasoline-powered cabs.
New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has
adopted regulations to reduce the sulfur content of heating oil to 15 parts
per million (ppm). The transition to ultra low sulfur heating oil will be
phased in over six years with an interim 500-ppm standard for 2014, followed
by 15 ppm in 2016.
Suffolk County, New York. Of the county's 542 gasoline stations, 61
have yet to comply with the county's requirement that all underground
storage tanks be secondarily contained. Suffolk County granted some
extensions through May. Fines increased in August to $1,000 per noncompliant
tank per month. The fines increase in November to $2,000 per tank per month.
Jones & Frank has relocated its branch office in Fredericksburg to 1319
Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401. Phone: 540-735-9290.
Royal Dutch Shell has entered into exclusive talks to sell its
downstream operations in Sweden and Finland after signing a nonbinding
letter of intent with Finnish energy company St1. The downstream
assets include Shell's 77,000 b/d Gothenburg refinery in Sweden and 340
Swedish service stations, as well as 225 service stations in Finland. St1
already owns approximately 650 service stations in Finland, Sweden, Norway and
Poland. It also owns six ethanol-producing plants in Finland.
The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program will convert nearly
1,200 vehicles from conventional gasoline to propane autogas and provide at
least 17 propane refueling stations along major routes from Maryland to
Florida to Louisiana. The Program is supported by funding from the American
Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities
About 75 percent of the gasoline sold in Nebraska contains ethanol,
primarily E10. According to the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB), the state has 59
E85 locations and five blender pumps. The NCB has financial grants for
blender pumps available and currently has 15 applications approved for the
pumps. For more information about the blender pump incentive program, visit
Robert W. Ensign, Sr., who spent almost 40 years in the petroleum
equipment industry, most recently as owner of Ensign Petroleum Equipment Co.
of Norwalk, Connecticut, before he retired a few years ago, died September
10. He was 80. Bob served a term (1993-1995) on the PEI Board of Directors,
representing Distributor District 1. Survivors include his wife, Margaret
(Meg), and two sons, William and Robert, Jr.
California distributor. Wiley Equipment Company Inc., 126 Arena Street,
El Segundo, California 90245, has applied for distributor division
membership. Stephen R. Wiley is president of the firm, which was established
in 1975. The company sells equipment which it installs and services. Wiley
Equipment represents Alemite, Balcrank, Graco, GPI, Grover, Liquidynamic,
Natl-Spncr and Samson. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tim Martin, Alemite,
Fort Mill, SC.
Automated fuel management system provider. E.J. Ward, Inc., 8801
Tradeway Street, San Antonio, Texas 78217, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Markay Ward is vice president of the firm, which was
established in 1974. E.J. Ward builds, sells and services the Ward Automated
Fuel Management System for dispensing, tracking and reporting fleet fueling.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard Erickson, DonleePump, Ceres, CA.
Colombia technology development company. SISTEMAS CONICOM S.A.S.,
Carrera 13a Numero 101 - 90 Apt 101, Bogota, Colombia, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Luis G. Aguirre Abad is the director of
engineering for the company, which was established in 2007. The company's
software provides fuel level detection, automation and control systems.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Fernando Santos, CFSI, Chia, Colombia.
Florida aviation fuel storage design firm. ABA-CON Aviation Services,
P. O. Box 308, Titusville, Florida 32751, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Mary Ballard is CFO of the firm, which was
established in 2008. The company designs, builds and installs aviation fuel
storage facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by Roy Creley, LakesReg,
Belmont, NH. www.aba-con.com
New Jersey installation and service company. Ted Slack Environmental
Services Inc., 180 Market Street, Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Theodore P. Slack III is
president of the firm, which was established in 1977. The company is an
environmental contractor and installs petroleum equipment, including
underground and aboveground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Wes Yeager, Yeager&Asc, Mendham, NJ.
New Mexico aviation fuel storage system company. First Fueling
Systems, Inc., 100 Iron Avenue S.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Joelle Swanberg is
the primary contact for the company, which was established in 1996. First
Fueling Systems provides aviation fuel storage systems, parts and repairs.
Sponsored for PEI membership by John Farrell, D&HPumpSer, El Paso, TX, and
Tracy S. Neil, Kachina, Albuquerque, NM.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Empress Equipsa Tica. S.A., San Jose, Costa Rica (dis)
- Meridian Manufacturing Group, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (mfr)
- Breslau Engineering, P.C., Lindenhurst, NY (aff)
- Shore Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA (aff)
- Neon Nieto S.A., San Jose, Costa Rica (S&C)
- P&L Gas Dispensers, LLC, Houston, TX (S&C)