UPDATE: MANUFACTURERS ETHANOL COMPATIBILITY STATEMENTS
PEI's UST Component Compatibility
statements from 23 manufacturers of underground storage tank
components regarding equipment compatibility with gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol or diesel
containing more than 20 percent biodiesel. The compliance letters are used
by tank owners to demonstrate compliance with the compatibility requirement
of 40 CFR 280.32.
Manufacturers who would like to be included should email
their compatibility statements to
email@example.com. Manufacturers submitting letters to date include:
Acterra, Ameron International, Bravo Systems, Brugg Pipesystems, Containment
Solutions, Hamilton Tanks, Highland Tank, KPS, Metal Products Company,
Mid-South Steel, Modern Welding, Morrison Bros., National Environmental
Fiberglass, NOV Fiber Glass Systems, Nupi Americas, Omegaflex, Owens
Corning, Plasteel, Service Welding, Stanwade, Vaporless Manufacturing, Western
Fiberglass and Xerxes.
UPDATE: PEI RECOMMENDED PRACTICES
Five of PEI's 15 recommended practices are at some stage of development
or revision. Here is a status report on each of them.
- Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle
Fueling (PEI/RP200). The aboveground tank installation committee will
meet March 4 to review public comments to the 2008 version of the
recommended practice. Expect the 2013 edition to be available this spring.
- Installation of Bulk Storage Plants (PEI/RP800). The deadline
for comments to revise the 2008 edition of this recommended practice is
March 18. Those wishing to submit comments can do so online at
- Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation, Service, Repair
and Maintenance of Aviation Fueling Systems (PEI/RP1300) is in
final stages of proofing. This new publication should be available in
- Recommended Practices for the Installation of Fueling Systems for
Emergency Generators and Fuel Oil Supplied Boiler Systems
(PEI/RP1400). The generator fuel systems installation committee will meet
for the first time February 26-27 in Memphis. Publication of this
recommended practice is not expected until the end of 2013, at the
- Recommended Practices for Installation of CNG Fuel Systems
(PEI/RP1500). PEI's CNG fuel system installation committee has scheduled
its first meeting April 23-24 in Baltimore. Target publication date is the
first half of 2014.
APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS
Universal Valve Co., Elizabeth, New Jersey, has promoted Martin C.
Pettesch to president. The announcement was made by Universal CEO Robert J.
Milo. Pettesch has been with Universal more than 25 years and has over two
related to the petroleum equipment industry to his name.
PetroClear has appointed John Foley to the position of business
director of industrial filtration and director of international business
development. PetroClear recently combined its filtration business
with FRAM Group. This new business group, called FRAM Filtration, employs
over 2,500 people and has manufacturing and distribution plants
located throughout the world.
Petroleum Solutions, Inc. (PSI), Grand Prairie, Texas, has named Eric
Hammer as branch manager of its Grand Prairie office. Phone: 972-314-2400.
Mike Hurley, Charles E. Thomas Company, Gardena, California, will retire
March 29 after spending over 50 years with the company―if
part-time and summer jobs while going to high school and college are figured
in. He began his career sweeping floors and doing odd jobs. Mike eventually
oversaw inside sales, inventory control and purchasing as manager of
Florida. Bills (SB 560 and HB 579) that are intended to encourage the
development of natural gas vehicles were filed January 31 in the Florida
House and Senate. The legislation would create a five-year natural gas fuel vehicle
investment program that would provide rebates for
the incremental cost or purchase of natural gas fuel vehicles. HB 4001,
introduced by Florida State Representative Matt Gaetz, would repeal a state
law requiring Florida service stations to sell only ethanol-blended
OIL COMPANY NOTES
Speedway LLC, Enon, Ohio, has a capital projects budget of $225 million
for 2013, according to the company's fourth quarter earnings report.
Speedway president Anthony Kenney told the Dayton Business Journal
that the company is focused on "taking our 1,460 convenience stores and
looking at which ones need a face-lift or to be rebuilt."
Royal Dutch Shell's downstream division posted a profit of $5.3
billion worldwide during its 2012 fiscal fourth quarter. That is the best
profit Shell's downstream division has posted since 2006. Overall, Shell's
fourth-quarter earnings came in at $6.67 billion.
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced
legislation last week that would overturn EPA waivers that allow gasoline
containing 15 percent ethanol to be used for many passenger cars and light
trucks. It would also prohibit the EPA administrator from granting any
waiver for a blend above 10 percent ethanol.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a civil lawsuit
against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America Inc. and Atlantic
Richfield Co. for allegedly violating state laws by improperly monitoring,
inspecting and maintaining underground storage tanks used to store gasoline
for retail sale. The lawsuit also asserts, among other things, that leak
detection devices were tampered with and the companies failed to test
secondary containment and leak detection systems. The complaint was filed
February 1 in Alameda County Superior Court and joined in prosecution in
Alameda, San Bernardino, Glenn, Merced, Nevada, Newell, Placer, Stanislaus
and Yuba counties.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is considering petitioning the
Supreme Court to block the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of
15-percent ethanol blends (E15) in post-2001 model year vehicles after a
divided federal appeals court recently rejected a bid from oil and food
groups to reconsider an earlier finding that they lacked standing to bring
suit on the matter. API has until mid-April to petition the Supreme Court to take up the case.
Missouri distributor. Schwob Energy Services, Commercial & Industrial
Fueling Division, 1625 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116,
has applied for distributor division membership. David Burgoon is
western regional sales commercial and industrial fueling for the firm, which
was established in 2011. The company represents APT, ArningInd, BravoInc,
ClayBailey, CntmtSoltn, EBW, FEPetro, Flex-Ing, FuelMaster, GPI, HighlandTk,
IRPCOinc, LSI, Lincoln, Morrison, Smithpipe, OPW-FMS, OPW-ES, PemcoFL,
Pneumrcatr, RedJacket, Samson, Simplex, Tuthill and VeederR. Schwob Energy
Services offers complete turnkey fueling system design and construction.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Kelly A. Mulligan, Morrison, Dubuque, IA.
Guyana distributor. INDESCO - Industrial Equipment & Supplies Co., 19
Lambard Street, Werk-en-rust, Georgetown, Guyana, has applied for
distributor division membership. Peter Ross is managing director for the
firm, which was established in 1989. The company represents Blackmer,
ChampLabs, Gilbarco, GPI, LqdCntrols and Tuthill. The company sells,
installs and services petroleum marketing equipment. Sponsored for PEI
membership by James D. Ether, Dalrymple, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Tank gauge manufacturer. Zhengzhou Windbell Electric Co., Ltd., No. 9,
Changchun Road, High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Zhengzhou City, Henan,
China 450001, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Emily Hu is
sales manager for the firm, which was established in 2004. The company
manufactures automatic tank gauges which are sold through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Yu Wang, SankiPtr, Beijing, China.
Brazil filter manufacturer. Oleofil Filtros Industria E Comercio De
Equipamentos Industrias Ltda., Rua Das Industrias 131, Parque
Industrial, Rolandia, Parana, Brazil 86600-000, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Sergio R. Cobra is a director of the firm, which
was established in 1998. The company specializes in manufacturing filters
for diesel, biodiesel and oil/water separators. Sponsored for PEI membership
by Jay Walsh, Franklin, Madison, WI.
Mississippi consultant. Kevin Henderson Consulting LLC, 59 Summit
Place, Brandon, Mississippi 39042, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Kevin Henderson is president of the firm, which was established
in 2011. The company consults to the petroleum storage tank industry.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Wayne Geyer, STI, Lake Zurich, IL.
CNG retail fueling infrastructure developer. VNG.co, 150 Monument Road,
Suite 500, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Bill Mitchell is director of operations
for the firm, which was established in 2010. The company is a full service
CNG provider. Sponsored for PEI membership by David E. George, GatewayPt,
Hatboro, PA. www.vng.co
Singapore service company. JS Solutions(S) Pte. Ltd., No. 1, Yishun
Street 23, YS-ONE Building #05-36, Singapore 768441, has applied for service
and construction division membership. David Chia is sales consultant for the
firm, which was established in 2010. The company provides pumps and flow
meters to integrate systems for a complete solution. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Richard Yap, PacificRim, Singapore.
Sudan installation company. MH Technical Industries, Industrial
Quarter No. 35, Sothern of Local Market, Khartoum, Sudan, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Mustafa Hashim Abu Zaid is
managing director for the firm, which was established in 2002. The company
installs turnkey equipment projects. Sponsored for PEI membership by Marissa
Huguet Bello, Gespasa, Balaguer, Spain.