COVID-19 is impacting our members and communities across the state. On March 16, 2020, Governor Wolf strongly urged non-essential businesses statewide to shut down and residents avoid all nonessential travel over the entire state until March 31 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19. The following press release provides more details on what industries and services are defined as essential or non-essential. The PPA will continue to work with our government partners to express the importance of responsible operations for gas stations, distribution, transportation, and home repairs.
Our association will be taking every step possible to ensure our membership is receiving the information and guidance they need to navigate through this evolving situation. For additional information, please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on the PPA website. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Description: Oil Price Information Service will address the following topics that impact the Western PA petroleum markets.
2019 – 2020 Forecast for the price of oil, retail gasoline, and diesel
How PES closure will impact the region – how supply will reconfigure
Impacts that the 2020 IMO will bring to the marketplace
Future outlook of EMV’s
Speaker: Denton Cinquegrana, Chief Oil Analyst, OPIS
Denton has been with OPIS since 2001 and serves as the Chief Oil Analyst, responsible for the day to day operations of OPIS’ news and analysis division. In his role, Denton also provides big picture views to OPIS subscribers on a variety of topics from supply and demand trends to anticipating price moves in the futures, spot and retail markets in North America.
He has been widely quoted and interviewed as an expert forecasting the price of oil and retail gasoline and diesel explaining what moves can mean for the consumer as well as the industry as a whole. Denton is a frequent contributor for major media outlets such as Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC and CBS News.
Description: The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission recently approved the bidirectional service of the Laurel Pipeline between Pittsburgh and Altoona to begin on October 1, 2019. This presentation will cover the following items:
Buckeye and Laurel – brief background
Market Context – drivers of the project
The Project – History, Scope, Status
Outlook – Timing, Anticipated Impacts, Potential Future Trends
Q&A with audience
Speaker: Dave Arnold, VP of Domestic Pipeline, Buckeye Energy
David Arnold is Vice President Domestic Pipelines for Buckeye Partners in Breinigsville PA, near Allentown. He is accountable for the safe compliant operations and optimization of Buckeye’s existing pipelines portfolio, as well as developing new opportunities to meet customers’ logistics needs in light of changing conditions. Holding masters’ degrees in chemical engineering and business administration, Dave joined Buckeye in June 2014 with over 30 years’ experience in the petroleum industry, primarily in supply and logistics.
Seminar #3: New Equipment Testing and Inspection Requirements for UST Owner/Operators in PA: What You Need to Know
Time: 10:25 am – 11:10 am
Description: PA DEP promulgated new UST regulations to be in line with the new 2015 federal UST regulations which require additional testing and inspections be performed on UST systems. In this seminar, you will learn about what you need to know to stay in compliance with the new rules.
Speaker: Ed Kubinsky, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Training and Certification, Crompco LLC
Ed is responsible for understanding the UST, Air Quality & Meter Calibration regulations in all the states where Crompco conducts business, while also managing all licensing, training and certification for the company and all Crompco’s employees (~200). Ed is the Chairman on the PEI’s RP-1200 Committee and also participates on PEI’s “New Petroleum Service Technician” training committee. He holds numerous manufacturer and state certifications and is often found participating in regulatory meetings and industry work groups.
Seminar #4: E15 Compatibility and Retrofit Costs – Panel Discussion
Time: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Description: Industry experts will explore the compatibility of E15 within UST components such as pipe dope and sealants. The panel will also address the associated process to retrofit UST systems and dispensers.
Speakers: Patrick Kelly, Senior Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
Charles Frey, Vice President, Highland Tank and Manufacturing Company
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Location: PNC Park, Jim Beam Left Field Lounge
Keynote Speaker: Steve Blass
Speaker Bio: The 2019 season marked Steve Blass’ 60th year of involvement with the Pirate and his 34th behind the microphone as a color commentator. He has been associated with the club since signing his first professional contract on June 27, 1960. The former right-handed pitcher spent 10 seasons (1964-1974) with the Pirates, compiling a record of 103-76 in 282 games. He ranks seventh on the club’s all-time list in strikeouts (896) and 14th in wins.
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: PNC Park, Jim Beam Left Field Lounge
Seminar #5: Transportation Climate Initiative
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (including Pennsylvania) that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Proposed TCI policy will cap transportation emissions and invest proceeds from the program into cleaner infrastructure that could help incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). This seminar will future explain this policy and address how it will align with the Commonwealth’s energy agenda.
Speakers: Jessica Shirley, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Jessica Shirley is the Policy Director for DEP. The Policy Office is a highly specialized executive office that works closely with all DEP programs and the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning. The office is responsible for engaging the public in meaningful dialogue and coordinating the Department’s initiatives through its many advisory committees. The Policy Office also manages the agency’s regulatory development, review and approval process, and is responsible for principal administration of the Environmental Quality Board and Board of Coal Mine Safety.
James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center
James Bradbury is the Mitigation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center. He oversees the Climate Center’s work on reducing emissions from all sectors. This includes the Climate Center’s work on the power sector, supporting state leadership and also coordinated engagement with the federal government through facilitation, convening, and analysis. James also manages the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a collaboration among 12 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.
Please note the program schedule for the 2019 Motor Fuel & Convenience Store Conference Schedule may be modified. Attendees will receive a finalized program in mid September.