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May 18, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 9

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Dear PEI Member:

Early-bird attendee registration and housing are now open for the 2016 PEI Convention at the NACS Show. The event will be held October 18-21 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).

Early-bird convention registrants receive significant discounts before June 24. Full early-bird registration is $295 for PEI members and $495 for nonmembers. This includes admission to all education sessions, all three days of the trade show, the PEI Industry Reception and the NACS Welcome Reception. Companies that register five or more employees are eligible for group discounts. Early-bird and group discounts are available through June 24. After June 24, full registration rates go up to $445 for members and $645 for nonmembers. Please note that exhibitor registration, which will open in June, must be processed through NACS.

The PEI headquarters hotel is the Westin Peachtree Plaza, which is conveniently located within walking distance (5 minutes) to the GWCC. Many PEI events will be hosted at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, including the PEI 10-Groups Breakfast and General Session, as well as the 10-Groups meetings. The PEI Women Session, the Young Executives Discussion Groups and Reception, and the PEI After-Hours Lounge also will be held at the Westin. PEI also has room blocks at the Hilton Atlanta, the Holiday Inn Downtown Centennial Park and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. We strongly encourage you to book your rooms early.

PEI Convention Registration Open

PEI Seeks Volunteers for New RP Committee

Bill Introduced to Cap Ethanol Volume

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As of this writing, the Fuel Equipment & Services area at the 2016 NACS Show includes 177 PEI members in 610 booths. Contact Bob Young to discuss exhibit opportunities at byoung@pei.org or 918-236-3966.

For your travel planning purposes, check the tentative schedule of events. Additional information on the educational programs will be added as sessions and speakers are confirmed.

Register and make your hotel reservations as soon as you can to receive the greatest savings and select from the best lodging options.

PEI is soliciting individuals who would like to serve on the committee responsible for writing PEI’s new Recommended Practices for the Removal and Decommissioning of USTs and Shop Fabricated ASTs (working title). The purpose of this document is to provide a concise reference that describes recommended practices for the safe decommissioning, removal and disposal of underground storage tanks and shop fabricated aboveground storage tanks used to store gasoline, diesel and related petroleum products.

All members of the committee will be expected to attend three or four two-day meetings over a 24-month period. While committee members cover their own expenses, PEI pays for the meals during the meetings. Only individuals having relevant experience with removing and/or decommissioning USTs and/or shop fabricated ASTs should apply. People interested in serving on this committee should contact Bob Young at byoung@pei.org by June 17 to volunteer. All interested individuals should include a brief statement describing their experience in this type of work, relevant qualifications and why they are interested in serving on the committee. All appointments will be made by 2016 PEI president Steve Trabilsy.     

Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced legislation known as “The Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act,” (H.R. 5180), which directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cap the maximum volume of ethanol blended into the nation’s fuel supply at 9.7 percent of projected gasoline demand as determined by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The bill also requires EPA to meet its statutory deadlines in setting annual RFS volumes. If EPA fails to meet a deadline, the previous RFS volumes under the blend wall would apply.

7-Eleven Inc.
, through its wholly owned subsidiary SEI Fuel Services Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 76 convenience stores in California and 3 in Wyoming from CST Brands, San Antonio, Texas. The purchase price for the transaction is $408 million.
Sunshine Fuel LLC, Palm Beach, Florida, is selling a bulk package of leasehold interests in 21 convenience stores with gasoline in Kansas (16), Missouri (3) and Oklahoma (2), along with sublease/fuel supply interests in the stores. The package includes jobber fuel supply agreements with Shell and ConocoPhillips. 
TAC Energy, a division of Arnold Cos., has bought Brockton, Massachusetts-based Mutual Oil’s existing unbranded fuel distribution business. The deal is expected to close May 31.--Oil Express News Alert, May 11, 2016. 

The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority
(SEPTA) will pay a $116,843 fine to settle allegations that it violated UST regulations at five Philadelphia bus garages. EPA said SEPTA failed to properly test their product lines or had improper leak detectors for their USTs. EPA did not find any leaks.
“As skimmers found at gasoline stations keep making headlines, law enforcement officials are becoming more frustrated with retailers, especially those who have had more than one incident at a site. If we don’t correct this problem, law enforcement--and the public--will stop looking at us as victims and start to treat us as complicit.”--NACSonline.com, May 2016, quoting Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus and NACS consultant on card payment security.

PumpTex Inc.
, Beaumont, Texas, has promoted Jay Ruth to sales manager. Ruth will be responsible for managing the PumpTex network of sales representatives in Texas and Louisiana.
Petroleum Solutions, Inc. (PSI)
, Austin, Texas, has named Michael Jorgenson regional director in support of the company’s North Texas markets. Jorgenson’s new role includes oversight, direct management and strategic planning for the Austin, Temple, Tyler and DFW markets.
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, has promoted William (Bill) Logue to regional vice president of the company’s Northeastern United States region. He will oversee operations for the company in an area that covers the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Virginia. Logue is based in the company’s Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, office. 

D&H United Fueling Solutions has acquired DNL Petroleum Service and Maintenance, Houston, Texas. DNL will be the Houston branch office for D&H United Fueling Solutions. Darin Gingrich, DNL’s founder, will be the branch manager of the Houston office. DNL personnel located in Dallas will join the D&H branch in Dallas.

Michigan distributor
. IBB Petroleum Services, 22821 Dequindre Road, Hazel Park, Michigan 48030, has applied for distributor division membership. Fawzi Algahim is president of the firm, which was established in 2011. The company distributes, installs and services petroleum marketing equipment and represents Bennett, EmcoWheatn, MCarderInd, MetersInc, Morgan and RDMElec. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring Lake, MI.
Colorado regulatory compliance firm. Earth Tec’s Environmental Consulting & Services, Inc., 3238 South Cathay Circle, Aurora, Colorado 80013, has applied for affiliate division membership. O’Deana Wilson is president of the firm, which was established in 2015. The company’s focus is on regulatory compliance for petroleum storage tanks that addresses and minimizes risk to the environment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Craig Hoyer, KubatEqp, Denver, CO. www.earthtecs.com
Arizona installation and service company. T & J Fuel Construction LLC, 10609 North 48th Drive, Glendale, Arizona 85312, has applied for service and construction division membership. Thomas Schiefer is owner of the firm, which was established in 1999. The company installs complete fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Paola Bravo, BravoInc, Commerce, CA.
Oklahoma installation and service company. ProCore Fuel Solutions, P. O. Box 1103, McAlester, Oklahoma 74502, has applied for service and construction division membership. Brett Smith is secretary for the firm, which was established in 2014. The company installs and services retail fueling equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ken Neeley, ESCO, Tampa, FL. www.procorefuel.com


  • ConTech Lighting, Northbrook, IL (mfr)
  • R. W. Beckett Corp., Elyria, OH (mfr)
  • T&W Preferred Services LLP, South Bend, IN (S&C)
  • Ace Environmental Services, LLC, Baltimore, MD (S&C)
  • Compliance Testing Services, North Dighton, MA (S&C)
  • Northwest Petroleum Equipment, Inc., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (S&C)
  • Natural Resources, LLC, Southlake, TX (S&C)
  • Mabarak Ali Albriki, Qatar Petroleum, West Bay, Dona, Qatar (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.