Articles by: Leola Schamber

Above Ground Steel Tank: Is it One of the Strongest Tanks?

Above Ground Steel TankA steel-made above ground storage tank is one of the top choices when it comes to storage tanks. People consider it a money-saving option. Compared to other types of storage tanks, putting it up and getting it maintained costs less.

An above ground steel tank is a top-seller because of its incredible strength as well. It can last long in extreme weather. How strong is a steel tank, you ask?

Hardly Vulnerable to Contamination

The above ground tanks are almost always safe when talks of contamination come up. They are very consistent in this matter. Even if strong acids come into contact with them, these tanks are unlikely to affect the quality of the contents. With them, you can rest assured that your stored products are safe.

Difficult to Break

Freezing, rust, chipping, and cracking should be the least of your concerns if you have an above ground steel storage tank. This is because of the material. Because of the inorganic framing of steel, these tanks are difficult (if not, almost impossible) to break.

With steel as the material, moisture will not easily enter the above ground tanks. If moisture doesn’t get in, the contraction and expansion of the tanks’ parts will be prevented. Additionally, if moisture doesn’t get in, the degradation of the tanks’ quality will be prevented, too.

High Resistance to Corrosion

Above ground steel storage tanks are highly resistant to corrosion. They don’t wear easily. If you put up a steel tank in an environment where there are many corrosive materials, you can find the tank staying conditioned for a long time.

There are storable liquids that can contain corrosive materials, too. Examples of corrosive material are carbon dioxide, sulfur, and concentrated chlorides. In such a case, an above ground steel storage tank is a practical choice.

January 9, 2017 at 2:47 amProduct Review

Bull Riding Gear: Minimizing Danger While Riding a Bull

Bull RidingBull riding is literally a killer sport, but many proponents of the rodeo lifestyle are now actively pushing for safety reforms. People have never truly realized how dangerous bull riding is. That is, until world champion Lane Frost died when a fractured rib pierced his heart after a bull gored him on the side following an epic ride.

Frost’s death was a much-needed wake-up call for the Western world, and now bull riders are encouraged to wear the proper safety gear when on top of a bull. Here's what you need:

1. Helmet

Bull riding helmets are important in rodeo safety. They protect the vulnerable skull from being stepped on or breaking during a fall. They also help prevent concussions or, at the very least, minimize the stitches you may need. Most helmets also offer face protection.

2. Vest

Vests are made of ballistic nylon and reinforced with foam padding to protect your vital organs, while still offering a full range of motion. Unlike helmets, protective vests are a requirement for everyone who wants to step out into the arena and ride.

3. Chaps

Chaps may look flashy because they often feature your sponsor’s logo, but they provide an extra layer of protection, particularly for your legs.

4. Boots

Cowboy boots have spur ridges on the heels to make sure their spurs stay in place. Traditional boots are slip-on, but modern models have a lace-up front, which allows you to adjust the tightness of the boots.

5. Spurs

Spurs are dull, flat metal-edge spikes on the back of your boots, which you use to dig into the sides of the bull. These allow you to control the bull better and turn him around if you want extra points.

6. Gloves

Leather cowboy gloves protect your hands from rope burns and blisters. They also help you hold on to the rope much longer. For extra grip, you can also apply rosin to your gloves, an adhesive that lets the leather stick to the rope.

Bull riding demands a lot of courage, but what is even more courageous is to admit that you don’t want to lose your life participating in a sport where there were options for protection. Follow your passion, but stay safe before you ride.

December 14, 2016 at 1:00 amProduct Review

EPA Finalizes New Rules on Oil, Gas Pollutants

New Rules on Oil and GasThe Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations for oil and gas pollutants as part of the Obama administration’s campaign against methane pollution.

From an above ground storage tank to a transmission line, the new rules will cover a wide range of resources and equipment used in the oil and gas industry. EPA’s nonbinding environmental policies also intend to guide states that are yet to comply with federal ozone requirements.

These rules will help them to achieve a reduced amount of ozone-causing volatile organic compounds, which originate from oil and gas sites, according to HeartlandTankServices.com. The federal environment agency expects the new guidelines to strip 200,000 tons of methane pollution from the environment.

Greenhouse Initiative

The White House’s drive to reduce methane emissions comes as it has been found to be a more lethal greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, with 25 times more global warming potential than the latter. The new policies will be implemented in 28 states nationwide that have exceeded their federal ozone limits, along with 11 Northeastern states.

However, several states have challenged the rules in a U.S. Court of Appeals. The complaint stemmed from a clear definition of the “adjacent” clause in the new rules. The clause serves as a guiding factor in what constitutes the scope of an oil and gas operation stationary source.

It still remains unclear whether the EPA’s definition of the term “adjacent” aligns with the Court of Appeals’ own description.

Critics’ Take

The oil and gas industry did not seem too pleased with the idea of EPA finalizing such rules without gathering more pollution-related data from producers. Howard Feldman, American Petroleum Institute senior director of regulatory and scientific affairs, said a lack of relevant data could elicit unattainable emission-reduction targets.

It will also hurt the economy, thereby creating a negative domino effect to jobs and consumers, according to Feldman. EPA released the new rules on Oct. 20.

November 21, 2016 at 1:02 pmBrain Serve