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February 25, 2015 | Vol. 65, No. 4

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PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fueling Facilities (PEI/RP1500-15) is now available from the Institute.

Although CNG fueling facilities are common in many parts of the world, CNG stations are relatively rare in North America. In recent years, dramatic increases in natural gas production in the U.S. have given CNG a cost advantage over traditional liquid motor fuels. As an example, the street price today for a gasoline-gallon-equivalent of CNG in Oklahoma is 99 cents. This cost/price advantage has provided the incentive for many fleet operators and some members of the general public to look to CNG as a way to significantly reduce fuel costs.    

The recommended practices developed by PEI apply to outdoor CNG refueling facilities that receive quality natural gas from a utility or non-utility distribution system, remove moisture from the gas, compress the gas to several thousand pounds per square inch, store limited quantities of compressed gas, and dispense the gas into vehicle fuel cylinders. The document covers time-fill and fast-fill fueling methods, commercial fleet fueling facilities (which may be open to the public as well), retail fueling facilities, and fueling appliances intended to fuel a small fleet of vehicles.

PEI/RP-1500 is PEI’s most ambitious recommended practice to date. Containing 116 pages, RP1500 begins by describing the characteristics of natural gas, explains how a vehicle is filled with CNG, describes the basic components of a CNG system, and goes into great detail showing how a CNG station is designed, constructed, connected and tested. Guidelines are also provided for the proper operation and maintenance of a CNG fueling system.

PEI Issues RP on CNG

RP1100 Comment Deadline March 20

Ethanol Notes

PEI Women

Service & Construction Managers Conference



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To purchase PEI/RP1500, log in at www.pei.org/shopping and choose the “Recommended Practices” link. This will assure your member/regulator discount is applied. After you make your selections you will be prompted to create an account with our new fulfillment provider, Techstreet. This is a simple, one-time process that will expedite future purchases of PEI recommended practices. The price for the 116-page book in $40 for PEI members; $95 for nonmembers.

Massachusetts. The commonwealth recently passed new underground storage tank regulations which require cathodic protection testers to be certified. To help meet this new requirement, the Steel Tank Institute (STI) is offering a cathodic protection tester certification class in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 7-8. For further details, click here.
Missouri. “Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources plans to propose new rules for USTs later this year. It is likely the DNR will propose a deadline of July 1, 2017, after which any newly-installed underground tank or piping will have to be double-walled. The DNR’s rule package may also contain new equipment testing requirements and/or requirements for owners/operators to periodically inspect their UST equipment; these provisions will likely be triggered by new federal rules expected to be published soon.”—Latest Leaks, a newsletter of the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund, February 2015.
Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Storage Tank Program Material Approvals are now available here. They can also be accessed through the main storage tank page by clicking on the “Storage Tank Administrative and Technical References” link.

The PEI DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) Committee is soliciting comments to revise PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Storage and Dispensing of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (PEI/RP1100-10). If you have suggestions or recommendations for improving PEI/RP1100, submit them online at www.pei.org/rp1100. Instructions for submitting comments are provided on the website. All comments must be received by Friday, March 20, 2015, to be considered. If you have questions or need further information, contact Chris Bouldin at cbouldin@pei.org or 918-236-3964.  

Register now for the inaugural PEI Women Conference, to be held April 29 – May 1, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, at the Embassy Suites Downtown. The conference will feature several top-notch speakers, including the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy and Carolyn Hoskinson, director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and learn from each other throughout the conference. Click if you'd like to learn more about the first PEI Women Conference and/or register. You may also register by contacting Sondra Sutton at 918-236-3967. And be sure to click on the preregistered attendee list—it already reads like a Who’s Who of women in the industry.

Early-bird registration closes March 4. The early-bird rate is $395 for PEI Women members ($495 for nonmembers, which includes a lifetime membership in the PEI Women program). After March 4, the registration fee increases to $495 for PEI Women members; $595 for nonmembers. The fee includes all sessions, materials and meals.   

Book your hotel room now for the 2015 PEI Service & Construction Managers Conference.  The S&C Conference is the event of the year for service and construction professionals. The meeting will be held March 19-21, at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida. Registration for PEI members is $395 ($695 for nonmembers). The fee includes all conference materials, three general sessions, four roundtable discussions, three meals and two receptions. You can register online or by contacting Sondra Sutton at 918-236-3967. Note that hotel reservations must be made by February 27 to obtain PEI’s group rate. To register for the conference and book your room, visit the 2015 Service & Construction Conference page.

Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina, has appointed Brian Bykowski as southeast sales manager. Formerly with J. W. Kennedy, Bykowski has 17 years experience in the petroleum equipment industry.
Mike Long & Associates, Inc., Concord, North Carolina, has announced that Chris Hicks has joined the firm as a territory manager. With an office in Birmingham, Alabama, Hicks will cover Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee, western Georgia, and the Florida panhandle. Office phone: 205-441-4894.

“Cheaper gasoline means tougher sledding for producers of ethanol. Ethanol makers are looking to the export market for a hike in sales, but low oil prices, a stronger dollar and the softening global economy will keep a damper on exports. To spur sales, producers will lobby gas stations to add E15 dispensers.”—Kiplinger Letter, January 30, 2015.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to issue its proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by June 21, 2015, according to Christopher Grundler, a director at EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Transportation. Grundler made his comments on February 19 during the annual conference of the Renewable Fuels Association.
Murphy USA will offer E15 to customers in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston later this year, according to a February 12 announcement from the company.

Dominican Republic distributor. JR Integral S.R.L., C/Rafael A. Sanchez #50, Ens. Quisqueya, Santo Domingo 10149, Dominican Republic, has applied for distributor division membership. Jaime R. De Los Santos P. is manager of the firm, which was established in 2010. The company represents AdvEarth, Diversified, Harco, PemcoFL and RCITech. JR Integral also builds and maintains service stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Adele Azcuy, PemcoFL, Hialeah, FL.
New York installation company. C. A. Norris LLC, P. O. Box 275, Attica, New York 14011, has applied for service and construction division membership. Charles Norris is owner of the firm, which was established in 2004. The company installs and removes underground storage tanks and related equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Christopher LaFever, S&WSerNY, East Syracuse, NY. www.canorris.com
Pennsylvania service company. Care’s Quality Service, LLC, 177 Derr Road, Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506, has applied for service and construction division membership. Dean M. Care is owner of the firm, which was established in 2014. The company services retail and commercial fueling equipment components. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steven C. Baer, B&FPtrInc, Reading, PA.


  • Jennifer Washburn, Stripes LLC, Corpus Christi, TX (O&E)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.