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  • Why Choosing the Right Piping System is Important for Your Fueling Site

    By OPW | Jun 27, 2014
    One of the most important features of a piping system is ease of installation and maintenance. But how is a piping system decision optimized?

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  • Stage II Decommissioning Update

    By OPW | Jun 19, 2014
    As the year 2014 passes the halfway point, OPW would like to bring its readers an update to a blog post that was published in December of last year. The original post examined regulations passed in 2013 that would have a profound effect on those in the oil and gas industry.

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  • Following Proper Procedures For Equipment Use In Unloading Will Improve Crude-By-Rail Safety For All

    By Midland | May 21, 2014
    Midland warns that railcar equipment and components, such as Vacuum Relief Valves, that are used on crude-oil railcars will only perform to expectations if proper operational procedures are observed and used.

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  • How Does a Spill Containment Manhole Protect the Environment?

    By OPW | May 14, 2014
    Spill containment manholes are utilized to reduce water penetration and to collect any spillage from fill pipes. Typically found in underground storage tank (UST) systems, spill containment manholes lay flush with the surface of a concrete or blacktop slab and are generally one to three feet in diameter and extend to a depth of two feet below the surface.

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  • How Do Emergency Shear Valves Work?

    By OPW | Apr 30, 2014
    Emergency shear valves are designed to reduce the risk of fire, explosion, personal injury, property damage and environmental contamination at fueling sites around the world. These pieces of equipment are installed on fuel-supply lines beneath dispensers at grade level to minimize hazards associated with collision or fire at the dispenser.

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  • 10 Ways Fuel-Management Systems Make Your Job Easier

    By OPW | Apr 17, 2014
    In today’s economic climate where businesses are placing an extreme emphasis on implementing cost-saving measures, the importance of fleet managers continues to rise. In turn, the importance of fuel management also continues to grow.

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  • The Expanding World of E85 Compatibility

    By OPW | Apr 01, 2014
    The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 set goals and created mandates to increase clean energy use and improve the overall energy efficiency within the United States. Among these mandates was the promotion of utilizing ethanol to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign oil and improve air emissions.

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  • The Importance of Utilizing Fuel Site Controllers

    By OPW | Mar 19, 2014
    Part of the constant responsibility of being a service station and fleet-fuel provider is to ensure that an adequate fuel-supply level is always reliably on hand at any given location so customer demand is always satisfied.

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  • OPW Leads The Way at the 2014 WPMA Expo

    By OPW | Mar 05, 2014
    Held each year at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, the WPMA National Convention & Convenience Store Expo is an excellent opportunity to explore all that the petroleum equipment and convenience store markets have to offer.

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  • As Crude-By-Rail Shipping Continues To Escalate, Rail Industry Looks For Ways To Improve Its Safety

    By Midland | Feb 06, 2014
    The Shale Production Boom Has Led To A Historic Rise In Crude-By-Rail Shipping.

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  • Gearing Up for the 2014 WPMA Expo

    By OPW | Feb 05, 2014
    The upcoming WPMA National Convention & Convenience Store Expo – which will be held from Feb.18-20 in Las Vegas, NV – annually brings together over 4,000 petroleum marketers and exhibitors representing over 165,000 convenience stores.

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  • The Benefits and Challenges of Clean Energy Fuels

    By OPW | Jan 22, 2014
    The use of traditional versus clean energy fuels – including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – has become a hot-button topic in recent years all across North America.

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  • How Will Cold Weather Affect My Operations?

    By OPW | Jan 08, 2014
    For professionals in the fueling industry, winter brings more than just snow and ice. It also brings a host of potential problems that could impact your business. Fortunately, there are measures that you can take to ensure that your operations are protected from cold weather.

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  • Do’s And Don’ts At The Gas Pump

    By OPW | Nov 06, 2013
    It is common knowledge that gasoline vapors are extremely flammable, but many people never think about the best way to keep themselves safe while at the gas pump. While gas pump fires are not common, these accidents do occur and can result in expensive property damage and even loss of life.

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  • The 2013 NACS Show Was One to Remember

    By OPW | Oct 23, 2013
    The 2013 NACS Show - held this year from Oct. 13-15 in Atlanta, GA – drew more than 1,070 exhibiting companies and over 23,000 attendees to the event. This year's show highlighted a variety of the best and brightest products from around the convenience and petroleum industries while providing attendees an excellent opportunity to network and make new connections.

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  • The 2013 NACS Show is Heading for Atlanta

    By OPW | Oct 09, 2013
    The 2013 NACS Show, which is taking place from October 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, annually brings together a wide variety of convenience and fuel-retailing professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, networking and fun. This year's show features over 390,000 square feet of floor space and more than 1,070 exhibiting companies.

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  • When Choosing a Safety Breakaway…Consider a Reconnectable Design

    By OPW | Aug 09, 2013
    Not every safety breakaway has been designed to be reconnected after a pull-away incident, but many breakaways do have the ability to be put back in to service immediately by reconnecting the separated halves. These safety breakaways are typically referred to as “reconnectable breakaways.”

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  • Which Fuel-Control System Is Right For Me?

    By OPW | Jul 24, 2013
    While it is important for fuel-site operators to control fuel inventory, it is just as important to be able to efficiently control and accurately account for fuel consumption. Automated fuel-control systems can provide these capabilities and cost-efficiently in today’s fuel-site operations. However, when it comes to fuel-control systems, many site operators are left asking themselves, "Which fuel-control system is right for me?"

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  • What are the New Canada TSSA LFHC Sump Regulations and How can I be in Compliance?

    By OPW | Jul 03, 2013
    Since its inception in 1997, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) has embraced its role of being the recognized authority for delivering public safety programs and services in the province of Ontario, Canada. As part of these activities, the TSSA created the Fuels Safety Program in early 2000, which governs and provides fuel-related safety services associated with the safe transportation, storage, handling and use of fuels.

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  • When Considering Alternative Fuels, Equipment Compatibility is Essential

    By OPW | Jun 05, 2013
    Over the past decade, alternative fuels have experienced a slow but steady growth within the United States. In large part, this growth is due to the United States Energy Policy Act of 2005, which laid out new thresholds for alternative fuel use with an eye on reducing the country's reliance on traditional fossil fuels.

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