ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- There’s one word in particular that John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, hates to hear from nonfuel professionals when suggesting changes to the fuel infrastructure: “just.”
“ 'Why don’t we just do this? Why can’t we just do that?’ ” Eichberger said politicians will ask him. “The word ‘just’ always makes me think they really don’t understand what it is they’re trying to adjust, and they don’t know what they are affecting.”
“If we can eliminate that word from the discussion and have the question be: ‘If we were to try this, how would that affect other elements?’ then we’d make a huge step forward.”
Eichberger acknowledged to CSP Fuels that it’s human nature to want to simplify complex concepts, but when it comes to the liquid-fuels market, “simplicity doesn’t really fit.”
This is why the Fuels Institute, Alexandria, Va., introduced its latest report, Assessment of the U.S. Fuel Distribution Network, a 38-page introduction to the country’s fueling infrastructure, geared toward nonfuel professionals. It gives retailers a tool to explain the system to elected officials, zoning boards and other stakeholders, and provides guidance on how even a minor change might ripple across the system.
Read on for four key takeaways on the complex but critical subject of fueling infrastructure.