Response to PolitiFact Texas by Chris Newton
Subject: Pump article
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:12:49 -0500
From: Chris Newton
To: <wgselby@statesman.com>


Considering the geographic size of the state of Texas and the fact that Texas leads the United States with the most number of convenience stores (14,000+), Texas leads the country in the number of pumps subject to regulation.  Consider also that many pumps are re-manufactured devices that feature an older façade with an older sticker from TDA.  The device may in fact be properly registered, but may not have a new sticker.  The Texas Department of Agriculture has accelerated inspections and significantly increased penalties for non-compliance.  Both of these actions have led to more compliance and a fairer marketplace for both consumers and retailers.

 

As we also discussed, retailers already inspect their pumps for proper calibration to ensure consistent measurement and sales.

 

 

 

Chris Newton

President, Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA)


Austin, Texas

 

TPCA furthers the economic success of Texas' petroleum marketers and convenience store operators through advocacy, education and communication.