In the "olden days", retail gas stations were often operated as small "Mom and Pop" type businesses. Unfortunately, that business model was one of the factors that contributed to environmental degradation, ultimately involving soil and groundwater pollution from tens of thousands of leaky fuel tanks. Given that about 28% of of Texans use groundwater as their drinking water source, that contamination was a big problem. One of the reasons why we see larger, more intricate franchise gasoline stations today is that the federal and state governments had no choice but to impose stringent technical standards upon them, to prevent continued groundwater pollution. Many small operators could not afford to meet those standards, and the result was market rationalization into a preponderance of large, newer franchises, such as the one being built just outside our neighborhood.
Texas has made considerable progress in cleaning up its underground storage tank legacy. EPA summarizes the progress on this website, and the graph below shows how Texas has fared:
| 25,610 leaking petroleum storage tanks! |
Next time someone suggests to you that Texas does not need "burdensome" environmental regulation, quote them that statistic and see how they respond.
EPA uses the acronym LUST for Leaking Underground Storage Tank. Texas decided to change that term to Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST). It's a more accurate term, and the change was also rumored to have been partially motivated by a concern about the potential for sexual harassment connotations surrounding the L-word.
Excerpted from: http://www.epa.gov/oust/pubs/backlog_texas.pdf
West Walker Street is not a four-lane street.
|Not only were these motorists doubled up where they should not have been, the dark one persistently remained in the white one's blind spot. Not smart, folks.|