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Example of Leaklist topics:

1. I'm currently looking at two different leak detection systems for an existing 12" and 6" fuel line that are approximately 3 miles long. The two systems that we are looking at are... Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences with either sytem?

2. Our client is having a problem and I am in need of a professional opinion. The tanks at the gas station were installed in 1983 and they are apparently Owens-Corning double walled USTs. New Calif regulations require secondary containment testing of the annular
space (i.e. must hold vacuum). When the annular space of the tank was tested it did not hold vacuum... Does anyone have any theories why the tanks did not hold vacuum and
why the pump was pulling hydrocarbons? Were FRP USTs built with a annualar space drop tube to the bottom? What would be the solution to getting the annualar space to hold

3. Last week some told me he was positive a cell-phone induced fire was documented in May of 2003 in Arizona. At the risk of starting a discussion of possible urban legends, can anyone
direct me to a credible new source about this Arizona incident?

In response to question Number 3 above,
4. Neither API nor PEI is aware of any fire at a service station or oil rig that has been caused by a cell phone anywhere in the world. Additionally, the link to the MMS safety alert #6, provides further information that dispels the cell phone myth. MMS hired an independent third party to conduct an investigation to determine if a cell phone provided an ignition source in a panel on an off-shore oil rig. "[I]t was the opinion of the independent third party testing laboratory that it is unlikely that the cellular phone would have ignited a flammable mixture of methane or propane under actual field conditions and that the cause of the flash fire was something other than the cell phone." http://www.mms.gov/safetyalerts/6.htm