Dear PEI Member:
Earlier this week,
Hurricane Dorian caused unprecedented devastation and at least 20 fatalities
in the Bahamas. Today, storm surges and high winds are buffeting the U.S.
Eastern Seaboard. Even coastal communities that escape a direct hit likely
will sustain serious damage to homes, businesses and fueling facilities.
members in Dorian’s path will play a crucial role in the cleanup and
recovery — testing, inspecting, assessing environmental impacts and,
ultimately, bringing fueling systems back online.
ready to assist in this effort, as well. One year ago (as Hurricane
Michael approached the Gulf Coast), PEI launched a
Disaster Preparation & Recovery Resources page on our website. The site
is conveniently organized into three sections:
Real-Time Updates and Notifications
In a natural disaster, access to real-time information can be the
difference between life and death. This section includes links to weather
bulletins, storm surge maps, FEMA updates and Gas Buddy’s Outage Tracker,
a zip code-based search tool that identifies which gas stations in
affected areas have fuel and power.
Disaster Preparation and Response
This section links you to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Underground Storage Tank Flood
Guide” and NACS’s “What UST Owners Can Do After a Flood.” You also can
find helpful pre- and post-disaster checklists, guides, forms and tips
from the Department of Energy (DOE), Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) and other public and private sources.
- PEI Resources
Access the online PEI Directory from this page for a state-by-state
list of petroleum equipment professionals. This section also links to five
PEI recommended practices of special value before, during and after a
PEI Disaster Preparation & Recovery Resources
PEI Convention Updates and Registration Deadline
Hy-Vee Dispenser Data Breach
GM Trucks Incompatible With ULSD?
EV News in Brief
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PEI/RP500: Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel Dispensing
PEI/RP900: Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems
PEI/RP1200: Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak
Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities
PEI/RP1400: Design and Installation of Fueling Systems for
Emergency Generators, Stationary Diesel Engines and Oil Burner Systems
PEI/RP1700: Closure of Underground Storage Tank and
Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Storage Tank Systems
Disaster Preparation & Recovery collection is ready whenever you and
your customers need it. For other disaster-related technical questions,
contact Scott Boorse, PEI’s director of technical programs and industry
affairs, at 918-236-3975 or email@example.com.
CONVENTION UPDATES, REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Just two weeks remain until money-saving
advance registration rates expire for the
2019 PEI Convention at the NACS Show, Oct. 1-4, in Atlanta. Recent
additions to the already strong convention education program include:
1-on-1. PEI 1-on-1 is the place for informal
conversations with many of the education session presenters. Other scheduled
1-on-1 sessions include:
UST Regulatory Q&A. Representatives from the EPA
Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) will answer your questions
about federal, state and tribal UST regulations.
PEI Level II Service Technician Training
Manual. The PEI Service Technician Training
Committee will explain how PEI’s newest training tool can help technicians
who have mastered the basics develop their skills even further.
UST Site Data Standards. PEI is part of a new industry-wide initiative to standardize
how UST system data is collected and compiled. Come to learn how this
effort will benefit tank owners, operators, regulators and PEI members.
details for all PEI 1-on-1 sessions are in the day-by-day
10-Groups Breakfast & General Session: “Influential Leadership.”
Author, professor and two-time national championship college
basketball player Dan Lier will present three strategies to increase your
influence and improve your organization’s productivity. If you are not in a
PEI 10-Group but want to attend, just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or
918-236-3967. And if you’d like more information on how to join a 10-Group,
contact Scott Boorse at 918-236-3975 or email@example.com.
Women: “How to Communicate With Everyone Who Isn’t You.”
Life would be so easy if everyone you encountered was just
like you. Unfortunately, to succeed in life and business, you often must
work with the crazy, the angry and the silly. Award-winning speaker Denise
Ryan will explain how you can overcome common communication barriers with
almost anyone. All women PEI members are encouraged to attend.
Executives: “Creating Extraordinary Results in Challenging Times.”
It’s easy to walk tall when things are going well, but
what happens when things aren’t going so well? Dan Lier, who has advised top
business performers for more than 18 years, will share how to generate
positive momentum and results in the most difficult times.
Register for the 2019 PEI Convention by Sept. 20 to
save $150 on your full registration.
Hy-Vee announced Aug. 14 that it had uncovered a data breach at fuel islands
and other payment processing systems at its Market Grille, Market Grille
Express and Wahlburgers locations. An
Aug. 19 report by security expert Brian Krebs speculated that up to 5.3
million credit cards might have been compromised. A Hy-Vee press release
stated the company is working with federal law enforcement agencies to
ALLEGES GM TRUCKS INCOMPATIBLE WITH ULSD
A federal class-action lawsuit filed in August
alleges that a high-pressure fuel injector pump in 2011-2016 GM diesel
trucks is incompatible with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD).
to the plaintiffs, GM knew or ought to have known of the problem because
other vehicle manufacturers reported issues with similar pumps as early as
2008. The suit also claims that the pump’s manufacturer specifications
require fuel with higher lubricity than that provided by ULSD.
Electrify America and EVgo announced an interoperability agreement
that will allow drivers to charge on either company’s
platforms without additional fees, software or accounts.
Maine will use a portion of its $5.1 million Volkswagen emission
scandal settlement to provide hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) purchasers
with rebates of up to $2,000. Lower-income households, government agencies
and tribal authorities will receive the highest rebates.
Canada committed $2 million to Quebec-based Mogile Technologies Inc. for
two EV research projects. The first project will attempt to develop a
standard payment method across all public EV charging networks in the
country. The second will study how the nation’s utilities can anticipate EV
charging needs to better manage the power grid.
China is asking provinces to test “no-go zones” for gasoline-powered
vehicles. The government will use the results to evaluate the
feasibility of a timeline for phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles.
Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. advised
Schmuckal Oil Co. on the sale of 25 convenience retailing and petroleum
marketing assets to True North Energy LLC. The transaction included
Schmuckal's small wholesale fuel and transportation businesses.
Shannon and Associates added Robin Neal to the company’s sales
team. A graduate of Clemson University, Neal has more than 35 years of
retail petroleum experience.
Tank Tech’s headquarters burned to the ground early in the
morning on Sept. 4. Within hours, the company relocated to temporary
facilities at 3897 State Hwy. H, Sikeston, MO 63801. Rebuilding will begin
almost immediately. Read a statement from Tank Tech President and CEO David
New Jersey construction company. Independent
Service Technicians Inc., 598 Diamond Road, Jackson, NJ 08527, applied for
service and construction division membership. Patricia Marko is vice
president, secretary and technician for the firm, which was established in
1986. Independent Service Technicians provides calibration services, annual
compliance testing, repair and routine maintenance services. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Albert Sisco, Fairfield Maintenance Inc., Fairfield, New
Oklahoma distributor. Petro Pros OK, 1408 S.
Fretz Ave., Edmond, OK 73003, applied for distributor division membership.
Scott Stigall is general manager of the company, which was established in
July 2018. Petro Pros OK distributes petroleum equipment, performs service
and installs credit card processing systems for unbranded stations.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Jodi Solomon, Seneca Companies, Des Moines,
Michigan manufacturer representative. Grant
Systems Inc., 1400 Sylvan Road, Chelsea, MI 48118, applied for affiliate
division membership. Mark Drow is president of the company, which was
established in 1998. Grant Systems Inc. is a manufacturer representative for
the petroleum equipment industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gene Pope,
Pope & Associates Inc., Tampa, Florida.
Fort Instalaciones Petroleras, Barcelona, Spain (distributor)
Maddy, Canal Winchester, Ohio (affiliate)
USI Insurance Services, Jacksonville, Florida (affiliate)
Miguel Perez, Sol Puerto Rico Ltd., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (operations