Technical Officer’s Report – SEPTEMBER 2012

Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG)

PELG continues to give support to the legislation review being carried out by the Health and Safety Executive. Also being reviewed are the five Approved Codes of Practice under DSEAR with a proposal to redraft, combining them into one new ACOP. The Codes are L134-L138 inclusive. PELG has also been reviewing the current PETEL guidance circulars, removing those that have either been incorporated into the Blue Book and Red Guide respectively and reformatting the remainder under the PELG banner where they will be downloadable from the PELG web page of the Energy Institute website. PELG next meets on the 17th October.

PVR Guidance PG1/14

Defra held a technical working group meeting on the 28th June to commence the review of guidance document PG1/14. The last review was carried out in 2006, when it was republished. During the last six years a number of significant changes have taken place, which require the guidance to be updated. It was further proposed to simplify and slim down PG1/14 as it currently stands to make it more readable and useful to its users. Following that meeting a first draft has been produced and is currently out for comment. PEIMF members should have received a copy and comments will be collated and sent in.

Oil and Water Liaison Group (OWLG)

This committee, which is hosted by the Energy Institute deals with the storage, distribution and use of oils and the potential damage to the water environment. Over the years it has overseen the production of several pieces of guidance and receives input from Defra, SEPA, WAG, as well as Industry Associations. The Committee heard plans by the Welsh Assembly Government to combine several organizations under one new department. A consultation on the merging of the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Countryside Council is about to be launched.

Oil Care Committee

This committee run by the Environment Agency has been responsible for various initiatives to make consumers aware of the environmental damage, which can be caused by oil. The most significant of these being the successful campaign to get oil tanks labeled with the oil care notices. It also has a part to play in fuel distribution and contracting. Further funding is required and use of the Oil Care logo is available to companies willing to provide sponsorship. PEIMF members are invited to provide sponsorship for one year in return for continued use of the logo.

Service Station Panel

Reports from panel members show a growing number of tank gasket failures as a result of exposure to ethanol. Site operators are being encouraged to carry out more frequent checks on pump hydraulics, joints and couplings. Discussion took place over a new spate of phase separation incidents and finding ways of sampling the fuel before it was mixed in the underground storage tanks. Members agreed to investigate further and report back at the next meeting.

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