Tip over a domino and the others in front of it rapidly tumble. Study hard and you’ll likely do better on the test. Tug too hard on a string and it will break. Show kindness to another person
and you’ll likely receive kindness in return.
The principle of cause and e;ect appears in almost every area
of life. It even plays out in the petroleum equipment industry. This
special section gives three examples.
It’s been 25 years since today’s underground storage tank
regulations were first proposed by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). With a new set of EPA proposals now under review, this
is the perfect time to explore the direct, indirect and (in some cases)
unintended“e;ects” of the current regulations.
On page 34, Marcel Moreau—veteran industry consultant, writer
and bon vivant—details eight ways in which the regulations forced an
industry caught in a “this is the way we’ve always done it” mentality
to rethink fundamental concepts. Then, on page 45, eight diverse and
distinguished experts weigh in with their own thoughts, memories
The section concludes with an entirely di;erent cause-and-e;ect
examination. In recent years, new construction techniques, materials
and standards have been introduced to improve the safety and
security of petroleum storage and dispensing systems. On May 22,
2011, the e;ectiveness of those e;orts was put to the test in Joplin,
Mo., when an F5 tornado targeted the city.
Because a number of fueling facilities were in the direct path of
the storm, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
was immediately on site to inspect the damage. On page 52, Heather
Peters, MDNR environmental specialist, reports on what they found.
The good news? All the hard work seems to have paid o;. The
city’s fueling infrastructure fared remarkably well when put to this
Don’t forget. The cause creates the e;ect. The e;ect follows from
the cause. Make sure the e;ects you cause are good ones.
Editor in Chief
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