February 4, 2020
ILTA worked with an industry coalition to provide comments to the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on its recent reporting rule. The CSB Reporting Industry Coalition asked that the CSB consider an alternative approach to what it proposed.
ILTA President Kathryn Clay opined on the Occupational and Safety Health Administration’s new interpretation of process safety management standards for certain butane blending in a January 17 piece in BIC Magazine’s online edition.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality on January 9 announced a proposed rule to modernize the regulations that implement the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act. These regulations were originally published in 1978, but CEQ has made only one limited, substantive update to them in 1986.
The Trump Administration on January 22 formally announced its final rule revising the definition of what is a Water of the United States. The new regulation balances the authorities of states and the federal government by limiting federal oversight to navigable waters and other waters that have a surface connection to those waters.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the EPA cannot exempt small refineries from biofuel-blending mandates unless the facilities were already exempt from the requirement the prior year.
The U.S. House of Representatives on January 10 passed sweeping legislation aimed at imposing restrictions on new and existing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, including a five-year moratorium on bringing new PFASs to market.
Attorneys general from 14 states filed a lawsuit January 29 against the EPA over its rescission of some Obama-era amendments to the Risk Management Program that applies to facilities that manufacture or handle certain high-risk chemicals. These rules apply not only to chemical plants but to RMP-covered terminals.
ILTA provided input to EPA on a January 7 conference call on an agency plan to create a national alternative monitoring plan document for storage tanks regulated under 40 CFR Part 60 (Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources), Subpart Kb.
The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications through February from the maritime industry—including marine terminals—for the biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. The original deadline was January 31.
ILTA attended a House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing on January 14 discussing a path toward carbon reductions in the maritime sector, particularly by switching to greener fuels to power the global fleet.
Following the January 2 U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been high. While most intelligence sources believe that any physical attacks against the U.S. will be directed at troops stationed in the Middle East, there has been heightened concern over potential physical and cyber threats to U.S. critical infrastructure.
ILTA welcomed seven new supplier members in January: American Coating Technologies LLC; GT Environmental, Inc.; Fall Protection Systems Corp.; Pro Ranger Inspection; Roundtable Engineering Solutions, LLC; Techflow Marine Ltd.; and Travis Industries.
ILTA members have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others for technology, port and individual awards presented at StocExpo March 10 in Rotterdam.
Tidewater’s board of directors selected Todd Busch as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, effective January 16. Busch succeeds Bob Curcio, who is retiring and has served as president and CEO since 2013.
Culture Map Dallas, Jan. 16, 2020
Kelsey Warren, chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, has been named to the Top 10 CEOs in Fortune 100 Companies listing landing a Glassdoor rating of 97%. With a net worth of $4.3 billion, Warren is said to have a "non-hierarchical" management style and a laid-back demeanor.
Bridge, Jan. 17, 2020
Enbridge Energy has received approval to proceed with construction of an tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to replace its dual Line 5 oil pipelines. On January 14, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Enbridge could proceed with the $500 million project.
Democracy Now, Jan. 6, 2020
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been appointed to the board of LE PG LLC, the company that controls Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Perry had previously served as a director for Energy Transfer Partners, but stepped down in 2016.
Ethanol Producer Magazine, Jan. 9, 2020
Green Plains Inc. has sold its 50% share in JGP Energy Partners LLC, an import/export terminal in Beaumont, Texas, for a reported $29 million to Jefferson Energy Holdings LLC, its partner in the joint venture.
Toronto Sun, Jan. 9, 2020
Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced its sale of approximately 25 million shares of Pembina Pipeline Corporation stock for $764 million. The shares were received as part of Pembina's acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited.
MarketScreener, Jan. 31, 2020
Royal Vopak announced the final divestment to First State Investments of its remaining oil terminal in Algeciras. The sale was the final of three divestments of terminals including those in Amsterdam and Hamburg. The financial details will be released mid-February 2020.
WBOC, Jan. 31, 2020
Enterprise Products Partners announced the election of new officers including A.J. Teague and W. Randall Fowler as co-chief executive officers. Both Mr. Teague and Mr. Fowler will continue to serve as directors to Enterprise GP.
Federal Register Notices
ILTA is thrilled to announce two of the three keynoters for the 40th Annual Operating Conference and Trade Show in Houston June 8-10: Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.) and David Wasserman, senior election analyst at The Cook Political Report.
ILTA intends to open registration in mid-February for the conference and trade show. Be sure to register mid-month at www.ilta.org/aocts to enjoy steeply discounted Early Bird conference registration rates of $900 and $1,100, respectively, for members and non-members.
ILTA will unveil its refreshed website in February. Make sure to log onto www.ilta.org mid-month to view the new graphics, text and features. We will roll out additional features, including an updated and improved online member directory section, in the coming months.
ILTA is once again running its annual Safety Survey and Recognition Program, meant to collect injury and illness data for terminal facilities as well as contractor incident data and facility throughput values.
Voting is now open for the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2020 Global Tank Storage Awards at StocExpo. Two of the nominees are related to ILTA.
As part of the 40th anniversary conference and trade show in June, ILTA wold love to recognize industry veterans that have supported ILTA and the show for a long time.
Terminal Members/Members of the ILTA EHS&S Committee and Operations Council: Take a moment to register today for ILTA’s Spring Meetings to be held in New Orleans March 31 – April 1.