Farmer’s Invention Could Make Installing Tank Liners Easier, More Environmentally FriendlySource: Eagle Ford Texas | 21 July 2014
From out of a Grant County, North Dakota dairy farm comes a tireless inventor and entrepreneur who is affecting the world’s oil industry.
Seymour Volk’s family and friends say he is always thinking, always looking for a better way to do things. “No means go,” is an expression you’ll hear a lot around Seymour Volk. “Tell him something can’t be done and he’ll prove you wrong,” said his wife, Lawana Volk.
Now, some people are saying Volk’s latest invention, the Safety Clamp, makes it easier and more environmentally friendly for oil companies to install tank liners, the massive plastic tarps inside large-volume above-ground open storage tanks. Because they are easy to handle and install, Volk’s Safety Clamps are less likely to be dropped on workers below the tank rim than the traditional models now used in the oil field. Their orange powder coating helps make sure they don’t get lost to rust away in the grass near a tank. Because they are less likely to be dropped, they are also less likely to cause punctures in the plastic liners, which, in turn, helps prevent fluid loss and can help protect the environment. Because workers can install them in seconds around the rim of a tank, oil companies are saving money using his invention.