Supply, Marketing, Distribution, Transportation & Logistics News & Information
February 2015 Issue

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EIA: Higher RIN Prices Support Continued Ethanol Blending Despite Lower Gasoline Prices

February 25, 2015

Principal contributor: Sean Hill With the exception of two short periods in late 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, when winter-related logistical bottlenecks...


ASTM Diesel Cleanliness Workshop Will Be Held in June

February 24, 2015

A Diesel Cleanliness Workshop will be held June 25 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee...

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    Fleet Card Programs: An Evolving Success Story (Part 2)

    February 25, 2015

    By Maura Keller In Part 1, we discussed some of the history of the modern fleet card, technological advances and the appeal of such programs. In Part 2 we look at embracing and optimizing the successful programs that are available today, what’s on the horizon and a look at safety and security in fleet card ...

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    Policy Brief: Keystone XL Vetoed—Quelle Surprise

    February 25, 2015

    By Keith Reid Surprising no one who has been paying attention to actions instead of words during the past six years, President Obama issued his first veto since 2010, and only his third since he has been in office, when he killed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline that was brought to his desk on ...

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    Fleet Card Programs: An Evolving Success Story (Part 1)

    February 18, 2015

    By Maura Keller The fleet fueling industry originated in the late 1970s around private label fleet cards, which were primarily issued through petroleum marketers who owned bulk fueling locations and needed a method for dispensing fuel into commercial vehicles—other than through a dispenser attached to their bulk fueling station. “The solution was found in the ...

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    Vendor Viewpoint: Listing the Latest Advances in Fuel-Nozzle Technology

    February 18, 2015

    By Matt Lauber, Product Manager for OPW There’s little doubt that the “golden age” of fueling-nozzle design occurred in the 1940s and 1950s. It was in that period when a series of engineers, including Leonard H. Duerr of OPW Fueling Components, began playing a game of “can you top this” in regard to fuel-nozzle development. ...

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    EIA: Midwest Propane Market More Balanced Than a Year Ago

    February 11, 2015

    Principal contributor: Mason Hamilton   Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report Higher inventories, milder weather, and falling crude oil and natural gas prices have resulted in a Midwest propane market that so far this winter has not experienced the challenges faced last winter, when the combination of depleted inventories and high winter ...

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    DEF Demand Projections Pull Strong Infrastructure Growth

    February 4, 2015

    Dr. Jeanne Riot, Industry and Market Analyst at Integer Research   The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) market is expanding strongly; consumption is expected to surpass 1 billion gallons by the end of the decade. Ensuring DEF is available across North America opens up new challenges and opportunities for fuel retailers and truck stop operators. How ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, Feb. 23, 2015

February 24, 2015

Crude Oil Inventories Challenge Storage Capacity Crude oil inventory reached 426 million barrels, a new record by far Global demand is flat Refinery use has...

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EIA: Potential Market Implications of Outage at Exxonmobil’s Torrance, California Refinery

February 25, 2015

From EIA’s This Week in Petroleum Release date: Feb. 25, 2015 On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance,...


Microbial Fuel Contamination Detection Will Be Covered in Proposed ASTM Standard

February 24, 2015

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide a screening process to determine microbial contamination in fuel. The proposed new method will join four...

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All That Snow in the Northeast…

February 25, 2015

In the rest of the United States we’ve been hearing about the heavy snowfall in the Northeast. The folks at Scully Signal Comapny sent over a note on...


Waste Management President & CEO David Steiner to Deliver Keynote at ACT Expo 2015

February 24, 2015

Keynote: Wednesday, May 6 David Steiner President & CEO Waste Management Waste Management operates the largest fleet of heavy-duty trucks in North America....


New Video Shows Consequences of “Breaking Up with Fossil Fuels”

February 10, 2015

The Environmental Policy Alliance released a new Valentine’s Day-themed video today showing why breaking up with fossil fuels is not only hard to do, it’s...