OPMCA Connection - Keeping You Informed!
OPMCA Connection keeps you informed and current on regulations from all state and national agencies as well as laws pertaining to the petroleum marketing/c-store industry.
OPMCA Staff
Candace McGinnis
Executive Director 
Candace@opmca4you.com 

Hannah Fite
Director of Member Services 
Hannah@opmca4you.com

OPMCA  
6420 N. Santa Fe, Suite B
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone: (405) 842-6625 
(800) 256-5013 
Fax: (405) 842-9562
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Tommy Shreffler, Chairman 
 OnCue Marketing, LLC

Jerry Davidson
Pete’s Corporation

Jason Flinn 
Flowers Oil Company

Teresa Hollenbeck
Red Rock Distributing Company

Kurtis Hutchinson
Hutchinson Oil Company

Brian Lohman
ASAP Energy, Inc.

John Netherton
Danielson Fuel Services

Duff Thompson
AVP Metro Petroleum LLC

Rob Toth
Coffeyville Resources
2018 OPMCA Fall Outing
The 2018 OPMCA Fall Outing registration is now open! Be sure to reverse your room by calling (918) 257-4204 and mention the OPMCA Room Block. Please be sure to reserve your room before the cut-off date of
Aug. 24, 2018.
Monday, July 16, 2018
  • OPMCA App Coming Soon!
  • OPMCA Celebrates PCS Partnership!
  • OCC Task Force
  • Reminder for Special Claim Procedures
  • FMCSA Denies OOIDA Petition
  • EPA to Hold Public Hearing
  • FMCSA Announces Program
  • Federated Insurance Webinar
OPMCA Membership App Coming Soon!
OPMCA is enthusiastic to announce our partnership with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce this year’s brand-new Association App.

In the coming weeks, E&M will be contacting all of the associate members about the advertising opportunities that you can take part of in the App. This will give you the chance to promote your business while supporting and connecting your company to OPMCA. E&M will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting of the app. They are extremely professional and produce high quality, award winning apps, so we ask that you give E&M a moment of your time.

If you have any questions, or are interested in advertising, please contact the OPMCA office or Justin with E&M at:
800-572-0011 or  justin@emconsultinginc.com .
OPMCA Celebrates PCS Partnership!
OPMCA is excited to announce to you a glorious, rewarding and productive new partnership this year with PCS. Around the office, this means a chance at a new beginning.

We want to start off with our best foot forward offering up some great savings to you from our newest partner.

OCC Task Force - Stakeholder/Industry Survey 2018
As you may recall the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is being reviewed by a task force put into place by Governor Fallin. The information being provided to the task force is being outsourced and collected by an independent company. 
 
Please see the links below regarding the company conducting the research as well as the stakeholder survey. OPMCA is aware of one marketer member who had an hour interview with the gentleman listed below. Another marketer member has completed the survey and submitted it.  Other than that, all information that has been received and collected has come directly from OCC and their staff.  

Click HERE for the survey.

Click HERE for the OCC Organizational Assessment.
 
Please be part of the change we need and participate in this process. It is important that they hear directly from our membership/industry/stakeholders .

Contact information for interviews or survey return:
Roger Kodat | Project Director | National Academy of Public Administration
1600 K Street, NW - Suite 400 | Washington, D.C. 20006 | ( 202-204-3610 | * rkodat@napawash.org
 
*Discussion and survey will be off the record and not for attribution. 
Reminder: Special Claim Procedures for
2017 Biodiesel Credit
Just a reminder that the period for filing the special one-time refund of the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit claims (IRS Notice 2018-21) ends on September 29, 2018. The credit was reinstated by Congress retroactively for calendar year 2017 under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. While the biodiesel blender credit was not reauthorized for 2018, PMAA continues to lobby for reauthorization for calendar year 2018 and beyond. IRS Notice 2018-21 also sets forth procedures to make one-time retroactive claims for alternative fuel credit and the alternative fuel mixture credits earned during calendar year 2017.

Click here to read the compliance bulletin.

FMCSA Denies OOIDA Petition for Small Carrier Reprieve from ELD Compliance
Two weeks ago, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) announced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied their petition for a reprieve from ELD compliance for small carriers with clean safety records. Specifically, OOIDA’s petition called for businesses with less than $27.5 million in annual revenue, be allowed to continue using paper logs to record duty status if they had no at-fault crashes and did not have a safety rating of Unsatisfactory. Once FMCSA publishes its decision in the Federal Register, we will know why the agency denied OOIDA’s petition.

OOIDA’s November filing for an exemption came after the group unsuccessfully fought the mandate in court. During 2016, the association filed a lawsuit against FMCSA seeking to overturn the mandate, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled in favor of FMCSA. OOIDA has since appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the appeal was denied.

EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed RFS RVOs 
Last week, the EPA announced that it will hold a public hearing on July 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Ypsilanti, Michigan on its proposed rule for the RFS Program: Standards for 2019 and BiomassBased Diesel Volume for 2020.

PMAA continues to be concerned that small business petroleum marketers will be placed in a precarious situation if E15 starts to take hold because of the potential economic impacts of adding E15 including the costs associated with existing UST system incompatibility.

In June, the U.S. EPA issued a proposed rulemaking setting obligated blending volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2019 and the biodiesel standard for 2020. The proposal calls for a three percent increase in the overall blending volumes which has sparked criticism from both the oil and ethanol industries.

The EPA is proposing to increase total renewable fuel volume by 590 million gallons from 19.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 19.88 billion gallons for 2019. Cellulosic biofuel will increase by 93 million gallons from 288 million gallons in 2018 to a proposed 381 million gallons in 2019. Under the proposed rule, advanced biofuels will increase from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019, an increase of 590 million gallons. Conventional biofuels, including corn ethanol, will remain at the 15 billion-gallon statutory maximum set by Congress under the RFS. The rulemaking also proposes to set the 2020 renewable fuel volume for biomass-based diesel at 2.43 billion gallons, up 330 million gallons when compared with 2019 and 2018 2.1 billion gallons requirement.

Overall, the proposed 2019 renewable fuel volumes are a mixed bag for petroleum marketers. The good news is that the rule did not propose to force large refiners to make up for the lost 1.5 billion gallons of obligated blending volume lost in 2018 due to blending waivers issued by the EPA to small refineries based on financial hardship. Carrying those gallons over to large refiner obligated blending volumes for 2019 would have caused the value of RIN blending credits to soar, leading to higher prices at the pump. The corn ethanol lobby is not pleased with EPA’s move which indirectly reduces the corn ethanol mandate.

For petroleum marketers, the corn ethanol mandate continues to put marketers in a precarious situation given UST system incompatibility with E10 plus blends with regard to the seals, glues, gaskets and other components that would force them to break concrete to sell higher ethanol blends. PMAA plans to submit comments for the July 18 hearing.

FMCSA Announces Program to Allow Some 18 to 20-Year-Olds to Operate Commercial Trucks
At the end of June, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stated that they were launching a pilot program that would allow some qualified drivers from 18 to 20-years-old to operate commercial trucks across state lines. Current federal law requires drivers operating commercial trucks across state lines to be at least 21-years-old. The program comes in response to the truck driver shortage that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) says could reach 63,000 this year. Click here to view a Washington Post article on the program.

There are similar efforts underway in the House to decrease the driver shortage. In March, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) introduced H.R. 5358, the “DRIVE-Safe Act.” The “Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act” would allow drivers 18 and older to operate across state lines, if they meet rigorous training requirements — at least 400 hours of on-duty time with 240 hours of driving time, with an experienced driver training them. Training would also be restricted to trucks equipped with active braking systems, video monitoring systems and speed limiters set to 65 mph or slower. 

PMAA fully supports this bill, as does UPS, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, a division of the National Retail Federation.

Federated Insurance Complimentary Webinar
Cyber Risk Management
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 (1:00 PM CT)
45 minutes | Complimentary | Advance registration required

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear about a security breach or incident involving the loss of sensitive data to outside influence, or hackers. We will discuss several layers of risk management that could or should be implemented to reduce a business’s exposure, as well as coverage options available to transfer this risk to an insurance carrier. Cyber-crime is the fastest growing and most dynamic exposure in business today and we’ll address strategies to minimize the risk.

Register HERE!