vehicle―would meet this rule. The proposal does not apply
to cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMVs) transporting combustible liquids.
Truck-mounted DOT specification CTMVs (i.e., straight trucks and bobtails)
are exempted from the proposed rule since the external product piping is not
exposed to impact from a vehicle collision in the same manner as transport
trailers. The proposed rule would require existing transport trailers in
flammable service to be retrofitted with bottom protection equipment or meet
the maximum one-liter residue standard within ten years. Newly manufactured
trailers would be required to comply within two years.
the full text of the rule here.
NCWM INTERIM MEETING RECAP
Last month the National Conference on Weights & Measures held its
interim meeting in Dallas. This meeting is a precursor to its upcoming
annual meeting which will be held July 17-21, 2011, in Missoula, Montana.
Weights and measures officials from across the country set the agenda for the
annual meeting at this interim gathering.
Issues relevant to TulsaLetter readers included retail price
posting guidelines, language related to oxygenated fuels and ethanol blends,
a biodiesel disclosure proposal, and a potential new definition of
remanufactured components. Most of these issues remained as they were before the meeting―a status known as
Here's a more detailed rundown:
- A task group on retail price posting plans to
meet two times before the annual meeting. Its goal is to offer a
recommendation to amend Handbook 44 rules governing the way fuel
dispensers display the price per gallon.
- The proposed change to Handbook 130 concerning the vapor pressure of
oxygenated fuels met with lively debate. While proponents of the change
argued the revision was mostly clerical in nature, opposition was voiced
by API, PMAA, BP and others. Without passage of this measure, E15 would
not be permitted in nine states.
- Biodiesel marketers have been calling for a
change to the way lower blends of biodiesel must be marked. Currently, blends
below 5 percent do not require the exact amount to be disclosed.
- Remanufacturers of petroleum equipment fought language that would
have placed remanufactured components under the same scrutiny as a new
component―requiring all the associated certifications
and paperwork. Several representatives from the equipment remanufacturers
and weights and measures community spoke against the measure.
The committee eventually suggested moving the item forward for a vote―but
with completely different language than originally suggested. The revised version―which
is favored by remanufacturers―adds a line to Section G-A.6 of
general code of Handbook 44 stating:
(d) "devices that have been modified to the extent that a new NTEP CC
All these issues will be discussed further during the NCWM annual meeting in July.
Only the item regarding remanufactured products will be put to a vote.
SENATE BILLS WOULD EXPAND NUMBER OF FLEX-FUELED VEHICLES/BLENDER PUMPS
Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) have introduced separate
pieces of legislation to expand the market for ethanol by requiring 90
percent of the vehicles for sale in 2016 to be flex-fuel vehicles capable of
running on higher ethanol blends. Both bills would phase in the requirements
starting in model year 2014 by mandating that half of all new passenger
vehicles sold in the U.S. be capable of burning E85.
The Harkin bill (S. 187), titled the "Biofuel Market Expansion Act of
2011," would require "major fuel distributors" to install at least one
blender pump capable of dispensing higher ethanol blends at 50 percent of
the gasoline stations they operate by 2020. A "major fuel distributor" is
defined as a person who owns a refinery or directly markets the output of a
refinery, but does not include any person that owns or directly markets
through less than 50 retail fueling stations. The Harkin bill would
authorize up to $350 million in grants by 2016 to cover up to half
the cost of installing blender pumps and would not be available to major
LAST DAY TO SAVE ON PEI SALES BOOT CAMPS
PEI's spring Sales Boot Camps―Las Vegas (March 10-11), Baltimore (April
5-6) and Chicago (April 7-8)―are just around the corner. And if you
register today, you can save $100 with our early bird rates. The
workshop is designed for sales professionals in all PEI membership
categories. Your sales team will chart a new path for success as presenter
Rick Farrell explains how "Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling." To
register and learn more about the seminar, schedule and hotel,
PEI AT THREE REGIONAL CONVENTIONS
You can find PEI exhibiting at three regional shows this spring. Stop by
to learn about membership programs, upcoming events and the latest industry
news. Or just take a few minutes to say hello to PEI's Tulsa staff and
connect with fellow members. Look for us at:
- Western Petroleum Marketers Association, Las Vegas, Feb. 22-24 (Booth
Southeast Petro-Food Marketing Exposition, Myrtle Beach, March 2-3 (Booth
Atlantic Regional Energy Exposition, Atlantic City, May 4-5 (Booth 430)
NUMBER OF U.S. C-STORES HIGHEST EVER RECORDED
The number of U.S. convenience stores grew 1.2 percent over the past
year and stands at 146,341 as of December 31, 2010, according to the NACS/Nielsen
TDLinx 2011 Convenience Industry Store Count. The increase reversed a
two-year drop in the store count and is the highest number of stores ever
recorded, eclipsing the 146,294 stores from the 2008 count. Todd Hale,
Nielsen's senior vice president, Consumer & Shopper Insights, said that "we
expect to see more consolidation as big-box retailers and some supermarket
chains continue to add gas pumps to their sites."
Overall, 80.2 percent of all convenience stores sell motor fuels. A total
of 117,297 stores sell fuel, a 1.7 percent increase over last year. The
convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store
operators, accounting for 62.7 percent of stores.
The Southern Co., Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, has
opened a branch office at 508 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tennessee. The
company also operates a full- service branch in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Thorntons is now offering E85 at 36 stations across its
165-facility chain. E85 is available at 7 sites in Illinois, 11 in Indiana,
11 in Kentucky and 7 in Tennessee. "We support the use of ethanol, wherever
it is economically available," said Matt Thornton, president and chief
executive officer of Thorntons, in a company press release.
TravelCenters of America (TA) has started installing on-island diesel
exhaust fluid (DEF) dispensers at about 50 locations. TA and Petro
branded locations currently offer 2.5 gallon containers of DEF at all 228 of
their locations.―Oil Express, January 17, 2011.
Eric Patrick Moriarty, a former employee of PPI-Durequip and son of
Julie Carpenter, sales and project manager for Lakeland Graphics, died
January 28. He was 25. Other survivors include his stepfather, Richard
Carpenter; father, Patrick Moriarty; and his stepmother, Janet Moriarty.
Diesel filtration products manufacturer. JCH Fuel Solutions, 4527
Losee Road, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89081, has applied for manufacturer
division membership. Jeff Shelton is the general manager for the firm,
which was established in 1998. The company manufactures a complete line of
diesel fuel filtration products that includes fully-automated fuel
filtration systems and portable units which are sold through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas P. Goodwin, T&DSales, Temple City,
Concrete cleaner manufacturer. Bio-Dry, P. O. Box 903,
Huntersville, North Carolina 28070, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Sandy Michel is president of the firm, which was established
in 2001. Bio-Dry manufactures concrete cleaner to clean high traffic
grease and oil off concrete and asphalt. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Tony Thornton, CPI, Charlotte, NC.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Pneumatic Tanker Equipment, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa (aff)
- Servicios Technicos Especializados, Guatemala, Guatemala (S&C)
- Arnold Osmun, Town Pump, Butte, MT (O&E)
- Alissa Thome, Jaco Oil Company, Bakersfield, CA (O&E)
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER APPROVED
- Orion Merchant Solutions, Inc., dba Petro Solutions, Miami, Florida,
from the service and construction division to the distributor division of