December 21, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 24

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Dear PEI Member:

The PEI staff (pictured above with this year’s Toys for Tots donations) wishes our members and friends the joy of this special Season and a most prosperous New Year. Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you in 2019. It is our honor and privilege to serve this great industry.

Early bird registration ends Jan. 7 for the 2019 PEI Young Executives Winter Conference, Feb. 6-8, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. PEI members ages 21 through 45 are invited to spend two days alongside industry veterans and emerging disruptors interacting as panelists, mentors and leadership stimulators. In addition to a semiformal opening night, the conference offers roundtables, two panel sessions and an uncensored Q&A session with “your average American” — a police detective who recently purchased a Tesla.

Four executives from PEI member companies will share “What Worked … and What I’d Never Do Again.” Panelists are: Joey Batchelor, president and CEO of Guardian Fueling Technologies; Paola Bravo, president and CEO of S. Bravo Systems; Thomas J. Dion, executive vice president of Wildco-PES; and Dennis Rethmeier, CEO of Western Pump Inc.

Five experts who are changing the fueling forecourt will explain how PEI members can turn threats into opportunities during a panel called “Disruption Alphabet Soup: EMV, EVs and Other OMG SNAFUs.” Other topics include artificial intelligence, mobile fueling and service as a subscription.

Early bird registration is $495 for current Young Executives members and $595 for new Young Executives. Click here to register and for details.

A new online feature is now available for managing your PEI account. The “My PEI” website combines user profiles, member benefits, company data, shopping and payment preferences in one easy-to-use portal. Because passwords are always encrypted, you will need to create a new password. You can activate your new PEI account in less than 3 minutes. Remember, your online profile makes it easier for other PEI members to find you in the 2019 PEI Directory. For more information and to get started, click here.

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“The number of fatal, work-related injuries declined at gas stations in 2017 after a three-year high in 2016. … The data come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' just-released ‘Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017.’ … On the retail side of the fuel business, which includes both service stations and convenience stores that sell fuel, the number of work-related fatalities dropped to 37 last year from 44 in 2016 and 39 in 2015. In 2014, there were 29 work-related fatalities, BLS reported.”—Oil Express Alert, Dec. 18, 2018
“French companies, Akuo Energy, Atawey, JcDecaux and Galleries Lafayette are to deploy 33 refuelling stations in urban and suburban areas of Paris and other French towns and cities, before expanding the project across Europe. These stations will provide fuel for 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles.”—PetrolPlaza, Dec. 17, 2018
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the underground storage tank (UST) section of its website with education and training materials, as well as adding new data on UST performance for the end of fiscal year 2018.—, Dec. 14, 2018
“The IRS announced today that Tesla, Inc. has sold more than 200,000 vehicles eligible for the plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit during the third quarter of 2018. This triggers a phase out of the tax credit available for purchasers of new Tesla plug-in electric vehicles beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Qualifying vehicles by the manufacturer are eligible for a $7,500 credit if acquired before Jan. 1, 2019. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the credit will be $3,750 for Tesla’s eligible vehicles. On July 1, 2019, the credit will be reduced to $1,875 for the remainder of the year. After Dec. 31, 2019, no credit will be available.”—, Dec. 14, 2018

Delaware distributor. Coastal Pump & Tank Inc., 17401 S. DuPont Hwy., Harrington, DE 19952, applied for distributor division membership. William Towers is president of the company, which was established in 1990. Coastal Pump & Tank Inc. sells and services petroleum handling equipment, including new installation, parts, repair, renovation and removal. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America, Dania Beach, Florida.


  • Core Environmental Consultants, Inc., College Point, New York (affiliate)
  • The Pinnacle Corporation, Arlington, Texas (affiliate)
  • Genisis Global LLC dba Advanced Petroleum Systems, Miami Gardens, Florida (distributor)
  • Seterr, Veracruz, Mexico (service & construction)
  • Fuel Tech Support Inc., Hayward, California (service & construction)
  • Precision Environmental Services Inc., Tulare, California (service & construction)
  • Northeast Tank Service, Guilford, Connecticut (service & construction)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Richard C. Long, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.