April 30, 2019 | Vol. 69, No. 9
Dear PEI Member:
On May 2, 1986, 200 photojournalists fanned out across the United States for an ambitious project: to tell the story of a single American day. Over 24 hours, the talented photographers captured striking images of people and places from coast to coast. Big cities and small towns. Majestic mountains and expansive plains. Youngsters and elders. Friends and strangers. Americans at work and at play. The resulting book, “A Day in the Life of America,” was a vivid tribute to the country’s heart and soul.
A pictorial summary of a day in the life of the petroleum equipment industry would not be as beautiful as that book, but it would be inspiring. Every day, PEI members work hard to protect people, preserve the environment and keep the nation moving.
The importance of that work is best illustrated by the occasional instances when things don’t go quite right. Here’s a not-so-beautiful glimpse at six real-life incidents, accidents and tragedies from just the last 30 days. The kind of “month in the life” that no PEI member wants to see.
● April 2. An overfilled underground storage tank (UST) spilled into the Popo Agie River in Lander, Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The leak was discovered when residents called the Lander Fire Department to report a gasoline smell. After noticing a sheen on the surface of the nearby river, the DEQ found that a country store gas station had overfilled one of its USTs. The DEQ shut down the station until the overfill prevention devices were repaired.
● April 2-16. Seven workers died in jobsite trench collapses in four states (Ohio, Tennessee, Colorado and Idaho). One of the deceased was a father of five, with another little one on the way. Though the accidents occurred at commercial, residential and utility jobsites (i.e., not at fuel dispensing facilities), the PEI Safety Committee nevertheless decided to revisit how best to communicate trench safety essentials in our industry.
● April 15. A UST exploded around 9 a.m. at an Ashland, Kentucky gas station, shooting flames, concrete, metal and other debris into the sky. Although news reports did not identify a cause, one PEI Safety Committee member who viewed footage of the explosion surmised that the explosion occurred in the tank’s vapor space, perhaps as a result of static, a corroded STP wiring failure, or a fault in the ATG probe wiring.
● April 22. Approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at a tank farm near Iowa Falls, Iowa, after a shutoff valve failed. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will monitor the area and the cleanup activities to see if the spill harms fish or other aquatic life. If so, the DNR will determine appropriate follow-up actions.
● April 23. A truck driver initiated fueling at a Delaware convenience store, then left his vehicle unattended, assuming fueling would stop automatically when the tank was full. Unfortunately, the nozzle’s hold-open latch did not disengage properly, and 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the parking lot.
● April 24. State officials shut down a Chesterfield, Virginia retail facility after discovering excessive water in two of the facility’s USTs. Questions had arisen when a local Volvo dealership mechanic found watered-down gasoline in a customer’s car that would not start. Another customer reported that one-third of the gas she purchased was water.
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Collectively, these incidents, accidents and tragedies answer an important question: Why do you do what you do? You do it to:
Every day PEI members do good work is a beautiful day.
RENEWABLE FUELS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS
Under the RFIP, retailers committing to store and sell E15, E85 or biodiesel blends may receive grants of up to 70% for certain equipment and installation costs. Application instructions and complete details on the program may be found here.
PENNSYLVANIA AWARDS $1 MILLION IN CLEAN ENERGY GRANTS
According to a DEP press release, the grants will be used to replace older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks and other vehicles with natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as to install fueling stations for the new vehicles. DEP expects the projects to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,745 metric tons.
2020 LITERATURE REVIEW RELEASED
The majority viewpoint is reflected in a new Fuels Institute IMO 2020 literature summary released April 26. According to the summary of 30 IMO 2020 analyses, the consensus view is that global refineries still will be able to produce enough low-sulfur fuel for both the marine fuel market and other transportation sectors. If so, retail diesel and gasoline prices will increase no more than 25 to 75 cents a gallon over, at most, a two- to three-year period.
MOVING TO E12
According to press reports, 350 Bolivian retail fueling facilities will market the mid-level ethanol blend.
FUEL THEFT UPDATE
However, according to an April 24 alert from Oil Express, the actual theft reduction may be below that claimed by the government. Citing unnamed industry sources, Oil Express suggested that thieves are now targeting gasoline transport trucks rather than pipelines and that the current theft level could be as high as 40,000 barrels per day—ten times the official government estimate.
INVESTS IN RIVIAN
Illinois software company. SMART Software, 1300
S. Raney St. Suite 3, Effingham, IL 62401, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Nathan McQuillen is sales and marketing director for
the firm, which was established in 1998. SMART Software is a service
management system for companies in the petroleum equipment industry.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Amanda Hunter Zaborney, Hunter Pump Islands,
California lighting provider. Soltech LLC, 1460
Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608 has applied for affiliate division
membership. Hanh Bui is the representative for the company, which was
established in March 2018. Soltech LLC designs and manufactures
solar-powered LED lighting technologies. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Mike Long, Mike Long & Associates, Inc., Denver, North Carolina.
payment processor. Service First Processing, 1315
N. Federal Hwy., Suite 200, Boynton Beach, FL 33435, has applied for
affiliate division membership. David James is relationship manager for the
firm, which was established in 2009. Service First Processing provides all
forms of electronic payment processing. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Chris Monroe, Monroe & Monroe Insurance, Arlington, Texas.
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