The State We’re In: How Oil and Gas Contributes to the Wellbeing of the Local Community

If you choose to live, work, and play in California, then chances are that you love our state and want to see the quality of life maintained. Speaking from the standpoint of a local business and member of the community, the whole team at Greg’s Petroleum Service wants that too!

So, this month we want to share some information about how the industry we’re in contributes to the overall quality of life, and how we’re striving to be a good neighbor as a commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in the California community.

We suspect that there’s quite a bit that people don’t know about the positive contributions oil and gas are making to keep up a high quality of life for people — friends, family, loved ones, and neighbors. For that reason, we want to share some of the facts about the ‘state we’re in’ with you this month.

In that vein, we’ve compiled a list of five things you should know about the California oil and natural gas industry. Full disclosure, we pulled our information from the California Resources Corporation, the largest oil and natural gas producer in California on a gross-operated basis.

Five Facts About How California’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry Supports Quality of Life

1. Local oil production supports our economy with a significant number of jobs and opportunities. Did you know that the California oil and natural gas industry supports nearly 368,000 well-paying local jobs? That amounts to number of families supported, who can put that money back into our economy when they buy other goods and services.

2. Jobs in the oil industry provide a path to the middle class, regardless of educational background. Consider that the average salary in our industry is $84,000 per year, even though approximately one-third of the workforce has a high school level education, or less. We provide solid jobs that support families comfortably.

3. Additionally, natural oil and gas revenues are taxed at a rate that provides billions in revenues that support state and local public safety and schools. That money supports the infrastructure families rely on in the community and provides opportunities for our future.

4. The local natural gas and oil industry supports the diversity of our community. California is ethnically diverse. Our industry not only reflects that but supports it to strengthen our neighborhoods. We offer opportunities that are unmatched in other industries. Consider that the industry local workforce is 29 percent Latino; 13 percent Asian; and 5 percent Black.

5. Our industry is a responsible member of the community concerned with maintaining air quality standards. Consider that between 1970 and 2016, the total emissions count of the six major pollutants dropped by 73 percent. That’s huge, when you consider that production, driving miles, and the population grew by 44 percent. We’re doing our part to be efficient and responsible, to maintain a high quality of life even as demand increases.

Are you surprised? Want to learn more? You can check out additional statistics provided here. As a commercial fuel service provider and lubricant supplier in California, Greg's Petroleum Service is a proud member of the local natural gas and oil industry.

We are proud to serve our customers with the information, resources, products and services they need to keep serving our economy and the people who live in California … and those that rely on our products and services across the country.

If you have additional questions, or want to know more, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

About Us:
If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petroleum Service is here to help. As your commercial fuel delivery service provider and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

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Coolant Price Increase Effective November 19th

Major lubricant suppliers have announced a coolant price increase of all concentrated and diluted products up to 5% due to increasing costs of raw materials impacting the manufacturing of products. In certain instances, specific products may increase in amounts that are outside of this range.

Chevron, one of our major antifreeze and coolant manufacturers, announced that this price movement will be effective on November 19, 2018.

Competitor manufacturers such as Shell, announced it’s 5% coolant price increase will be effective November 30th, citing raw materials, glycol and market dynamics as the primary cause of this increase. Prestone and Old World’s price increase is already in effect as of October 15th.

We encourage you to place your antifreeze and coolant orders as early as possible to benefit from our current price levels, which allows us to meet your needs and requests in as timely a manner as possible.

We understand the impact of this news and how it may affect your business. We will strive to support your business by creating a plan to manage the price increases the best way possible. Greg's Petroleum Service strives to deliver quality products at affordable prices. For questions on how price increases across the industry may impact you, please contact us today.

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You Reap What You Sow: Choosing The Right Lubricants For Agricultural Equipment Pays Off

Are you a California farmer and agricultural producer? This fall, as we move through harvest season, is the perfect time to consider how the best use of oils and lubricants in your valuable fleet of machinery can make all the difference to the outcome of your efforts.

As a farmer, regardless of whether you have a small- or large-scale operation, you know that future growth and return on your investment is always the product of long term thinking and planning for the future. And just as you know how to plan for planting and harvest, you too need to have the know-how in place to care for farm equipment.

The right choice of oil and lubricant to use for each piece of equipment is one of those critical decisions that yields dividends with each additional season in which you’re able to get the most out of your truck, tractor, or picker.

We know your machinery is important. Poorly maintained equipment can take a bite out of your yield through lost productivity and the need for costly replacements and can also eat away at the investment you make.

But you can ‘sow the seeds’ (so to speak) to get more out of your equipment, simply by making wiser choices in oils and lubricants. As a commercial fuel delivery provider to the agricultural industry in California, we have several recommendations to help you make the most of your machinery.

But first, some context. If you’re concerned about maintenance of your agricultural fleet, you’re not alone. We’re proud to service such a strong local agricultural industry! In fact, a recent tour brought southeast United States farmers to tour the San Joaquin valley to learn more about how to manage large scale, diversified crops. You can read more about that here.

In California, major crops include almonds, pistachios, tomatoes, cotton, garlic, grapes, corn, carrots, peppers, seed lettuce, seed alfalfa, and strawberries. What that means, from the standpoint of machinery care and maintenance, is that local farmers must be savvy about protecting equipment used in a wide variety of applications to maintain productivity.

We’re thinking of the following types of equipment:
- Cotton gins
- Harvesters
- Machine shakers for tree nuts, such as almonds and pistachios
- Hopper trailers and feeders
- Tractors
- Trucks
- Belts
- Pickers
- Mulching machines
- Air compressors
- Vacuum pumps

And this list of equipment isn’t anywhere near exhaustive. So, what are the practical applications to consider in choice of oil and lubricants? And what tips can we give? Read on for just a few of the important items to consider when making your choices.

Three factors to consider in use of oils and lubricants for agricultural equipment:
1. Consider whether the machine or piece of equipment will be subject to temperature changes leading to condensation. Will the truck be making lots of cold startups, and short trips? Does the gear in your machine run all day and generate high temperatures? In these cases, you might want to look for a lubricant with a higher viscosity.
2. Will the piece of equipment come into contact with corrosives, such as the use of fertilizers and chemical spraying? In those cases, look for oils and lubricants with additives to counter rust and oxidation.
3. Is the equipment likely to be subject to a lot of dust and dirt contamination, as is routine in outdoor and industrial settings? In many cases where contamination is an issue, it’s a better choice to pick a mineral based oil based on cost, as you’ll be changing oil more frequently.

And that’s just a starting point. There are additional factors to consider. Most importantly, you must remember that one size doesn’t fit all. It’s not a good idea to choose a single oil and expect it to work well for every piece of machinery in your fleet.

Finally, it pays to get expert advice, if you don’t know what you need! As your fuel and lubricant supplier, we are able to help you make decisions for each piece of equipment.

Here at Greg’s Petroleum Service our team can help you determine when to use a synthetic, versus when the better choice would be an oil with a mineral oil base.

We provide commercial fuel delivery and lubricants in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We look forward to serving you!

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Keeping it clean: what you need to know to prevent expensive wear and tear from base oil and lubricant contamination

What arguably causes the most preventable fleet damage? That just might be base oil lubricant and fuel contamination. Some experts say that 82 percent of mechanical wear is caused by contamination. That includes abrasion, erosion, fatigue, adhesion, and fretting. And what’s even worse is that the issue is mostly preventable with just a little know-how.

The problem with contamination is two-fold. It not only causes wear; but it can prevent your oil from doing the job of protecting the engine and vehicle components. So, you might say that not only does contamination shorten the life of the base oil, but also of the vehicle overall. Conversely, keeping your oil clean and contaminant free can double the life of your vehicle.

What are we talking about when we talk about contamination? The dirt, minerals, bacteria, and other natural debris that get into the system between components. We’re talking about dirt and other contaminant particles so small you can’t even see them. In fact, the worst contamination comes from particles so small they’re invisible to the naked eye.

The type of contaminants that do the most damage measure at 1-10 microns. (A micron is one-millionth of a meter. Just to put that into perspective, most people can’t see particles that measure less than 40 microns.)

Do you know the most common causes of contamination? It might not be what you think.

Causes of contamination

- Normal use and wear
- Entry between machine parts, through wind or water
- New oil that doesn’t meet cleanliness standards
- Improper maintenance and use of oil that should be changed

Are you surprised by the third item on the list? Most people are. And it doesn’t take much to spoil the oil. Just one teaspoon of dirt in 55 gallons of oil is enough to shorten equipment life overall.

How? Just consider that new oil can be transferred approximately eight times before it reaches you, and that with each transfer the oil is picking up contaminants before it ever reaches you or the vehicle for its intended use. Fuel filters will pick up some of the contaminants, but not all. For that reason, we recommend choosing an oil that meets OEM specifications.

So, what more can you do to prevent contamination overall and increase the life of your vehicle?

Here are three steps to help prevent contamination:

1. Choose the proper oil. Do you know whether to choose a synthetic or a mineral base oil? Check out our last blog for more information or reach out to us with questions.
2. Look for new oil that meets OEM specifications, and the requirements for your vehicle. Choose an oil with the proper ISO code for the component. Manufacturers provide the specifications for most equipment and individual parts.
3. Consider use, and make sure you have a good maintenance plan in place.

If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service is here to help. As your fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

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One size doesn’t fit all: know how to choose the right base oil for each vehicle in your fleet

Have you taken the time to consider the best base oil for each vehicle in your fleet? If you’re using the same oil for a variety of service equipment types, or just taking your best guess at the right base oil and lubricant to use, then you’re risking damage and the additional wear-and-tear that could be prevented by making better choices.

If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles, it’s more than likely you have a number of different equipment types to maintain. It’s rare to find a fleet of vehicles that are all the same make and model, much less the same age and condition. And just as you have different types of vehicles, you need different base oils to meet the need. It’s a common misconception that synthetic oils are one-size-fits all, or just “close enough” to meet the needs of the whole fleet.

In a previous article, we covered what you need to know about base oils in lubricants to maximize fleet efficiency. Today we’re going to cover practical matters about how to make the best choice in base oils and lubricants for the vehicles in your fleet, depending on factors such as age, use, and wear.

First, let’s clear up some misconceptions about synthetic base oils.

When to choose a synthetic oil

Many people in the industry assume that synthetic oils are the best choice for all industrial applications. And while it is true that synthetic base oils in lubricants are useful to weather extreme conditions and in off-highway applications, it’s simply not true that synthetics are the best choice in all settings.

Still, synthetics are gaining popularity both in industrial settings and on-highway. For that reason, it makes sense to review the benefits and drawbacks to choosing a synthetic base oils in lubricants.

Pros

- Better fuel efficiency
- Longer drain intervals
- Better wear protection in longer-term applications
- Better frictional performance

Cons

- More expensive, and costs go up with change frequency
- Not the best choice for short-drive applications, or any time you see contamination issues
- Not always compatible with seals, filters, and paints in equipment, and/or previously used mineral oil

Sound like what you need? That’s great, but keep in mind that the determination for use of a base oil should be made on a case-by-case (and vehicle by vehicle) basis. Use of mineral base oils in lubricants still have some serious benefits in a number of cases.

When to choose a mineral base oil for your fuel fleet service

Do you have a vehicle in the fleet that is used for a lot of shorter driving trips? Any time you have a vehicle that you’re starting and stopping with frequency, you have a good candidate for the use of a mineral base oil.

It makes sense if we review the basics. Engines that get use that requires them to heat up and cool down quickly will generate condensation that causes water contamination. Additionally, this type of use leads to unavoidable fuel dilution.

Contamination requires more frequent oil changes, in which case mineral base oils and lubricants become a more cost-effective choice. Mineral base oils are less expensive, so frequent changes make it a more cost-effective choice over all.

In construction applications especially, gear boxes and other equipment with efficiency are good candidates for use. Here are the most common pros and cons.

Pros

- Better used in vehicles subject to routine contamination
- Often better for construction or mining equipment
- Less expense, especially with high change applications

Cons

- Less protection in high heat applications
- Not as effective in longer term applications
- Less wear protection overall if used improperly

We hope this information helps when considering the choice to make for your vehicles. As your fuel and lubricant supplier, we have answers to your questions and can make great recommendations. We encourage you to get in touch!

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It’s always best practice to spend a little time getting to know more about the base oil you choose. And if you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petroleum Service is here to help. As your fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

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