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FSA Responds to ICF Report

(October 5, 2015) – A new report by leading energy industry consultancy ICF International (ICF) released today found that emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the Canadian oil and gas sector can be reduced by 45% below projected 2020 levels, all while using existing, proven and cost-effective technologies. As the leading trade association that represents sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane represent the waste of a valuable Canadian energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.

“The Fluid Sealing Association values the contribution this report makes in increasing understanding, both of Canadian oil and gas methane emissions and of the tremendous opportunities today for Canadian firms to tighten operations. We stand ready to help companies better control methane emissions, using the latest sealing device technology to reduce leaks,” said Mike Shorts, President of the Fluid Sealing Association and Vice President and General Manager of Triangle Fluid Controls, a Canada-based manufacturer of sealing products.

“As one of many service companies that work to capture methane emissions, this is an issue we can fix. Let’s keep methane where it belongs – in the pipe instead of the air.”

The FSA is well equipped to work with industry on emissions control solutions and is a technical resource for best available technologies for curtailing fugitive emissions. Member companies of the FSA represent an array of sealing technology solutions that can enable emission reductions across the Canadian oil and gas and process industry sectors.

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FSA Technical Director Testifies at Public Oil and Gas Hearings

(September 29, 2015) – FSA Technical Director, Henri Azibert, offered testimony today in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Public Oil and Gas Hearings on Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources.

“The Fluid Sealing Association is an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used  to contain fluids and to prevent harmful, toxic, or otherwise dangerous products escaping into the environment. FSA’s technologies are used in every aspect of oil and gas production and refining, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not well known or understood, yet they fulfill an essential role in support of our customers in the oil & gas sector to maintain a clean environment while allowing industrial growth and profitability.

FSA members manufacture the following products that we believe will be helpful in achieving the goals to significantly reduce methane emission.”

Click here to read his entire testimony.

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to EPA Announcement on Methane Emissions

August 18, 2015:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced draft rules to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As the leading trade association that represents U.S. focused sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane, the primary component of natural gas, represent the waste of a valuable national energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.
“The Fluid Sealing Association welcomes the opportunity to work with the EPA and our
customers to ensure sealing device technology continues to play its role in reducing methane
emissions. The rules recognize that there are proven, cost-effective solutions to this problem
that are ready to be deployed,” said Mike Shorts, President of the Fluid Sealing Association.
“The sealing industry is ready to get to work to fix this issue. Our technology can be part of the
solution and we know this is doable.”
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing fugitive emissions in the oil and gas
and general industrial process markets, the FSA and its members are committed to doing its
part to address environmental issues. The FSA is well equipped to work in finding solutions and
being a technical resource in the development of future industry standards focused on
curtailing fugitive emissions. Member companies of the FSA offer cost effective and proven
sealing technology solutions that drive emission reductions across the U.S. oil and gas and
process industry sectors.
The Fluid Sealing Association is a trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society, and safe work places for employees. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid and air sealing devices primarily targeted at the U.S. oil and gas and industrial process markets. We support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.

FSA News and Happenings

The Fluid Sealing Association has been very active over the past 24 months. We realized that our previous focus, which was predominantly standards driven, would not gain us the industry recognition we needed to truly make the changes member companies were driving towards. So we decided to take a deep breath, step back, and plan a path forward that would elevate the standing of the Association, promote its industry technical and subject matter expert leadership, and ultimately enable our collective voice to be heard.

At the beginning of 2015 we structured a new strategic plan, focusing the Association on the key issue facing our customers – environmental compliance, which expands into energy conservation and methane emissions abatement. Using our Government Affairs and Marketing groups as leaders, we have actively engaged the rule making bodies, EPA and DOE, and the World Trade Organization to advocate for change. Results to date have been outstanding and the FSA is starting to be recognized as a leading voice in the environmental compliance space. It’s clear we cannot and should not do this on our own. In conjunction with this effort we have increased our scope of 3rd party strategic partnerships and relationships so that we can collectively work to impact the rules and standards impacting our ultimate customers.

Click here to see a document that will provide some insight into the activities happening within the FSA over the past 2 years. The list is short and has somewhat limited detail so we strongly recommend that you reach out and ask for more information.  We would welcome the opportunity to share more information at our upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans on October 6-8.  Registration information can be found here.




FSA Delegation Meets with Executives at EPA Research Center

An FSA delegation recently met with executives at the EPA Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina to showcase the important role sealing device technology plays in preventing leaks and emissions, working with our customers in the oil and gas sector to protect the environment.

As the EPA is poised to issue a noticed of proposed rulemaking to address methane emissions later this summer, the FSA serves as a technical resource for the EPA in fulfilling our obligations to provide the best technology for our customers in efforts to fulfill compliance obligations.EPA June 2015 2

Pictured:  Henri Azibert, FSA Technical Director; Phil Mahoney, A.W. Chesterton Co.; Jeff Hayes, A.W. Chesterton Co., Mark Savage, John Crane; Paul Hosking, John Crane; and Chris Swonger, Smiths Group/John Crane.

Charli Matthews Receives the FSA Award of Merit

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that their FSA Award of Merit was recently bestowed upon Charli Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Pumps, LLC, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Award of Merit was established to recognize distinguished or exceptional service to the FSA by an individual member.  The award is granted solely on merit and participation in all activities that support the FSA mission.

Charli has been a dedicated leader in the FSA Marketing Committee where she recently completed her term as Chair.  In this position, she has been instrumental in establishing, maintaining, and growing the FSA’s social media presence. She has a passion and a fundamental understanding of the social media process and was able to develop a platform for the FSA which has engaged numerous third parties which may not have otherwise heard of the FSA.

In addition to developing the FSA’s social media presence, Charli was the driving force behind the development and redesign of the FSA’s new website.  She was responsible for the expansion of the website’s content and making it a more valuable resource for the industry, as well as improving the ease of use for the FSA’s members’ customers.

“Charli Matthews has been and continues to be an upbeat and influential contributing member of the FSA.  Her participation has gone above and beyond what has been expected of any member,” said Mike Shorts, FSA President.  “She will now begin a term as Vice Chair of the Membership Committee, and I look forward to seeing the results of her efforts there.”

FSA Takes Leadership Role as Technology Experts in the Environmental Compliance Arena

At their recent Spring Technical Meetings in Houston, Texas, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) unveiled to their membership an exciting new strategic direction change for the association. “The FSA has traditionally been known as a technical standards group,” says Mike Shorts, FSA President, “but there is a representation gap from industry leaders to effectively influence environmental compliance policies with respect to sealing devices.” The FSA has been internally retooling over the past couple of years and the new plan is complete.

The FSA’s vision is to be the leading trade association that is recognized and accepted as a subject matter expert and a technical leader advocating and influencing environmental compliance policies. This new and focused direction will create and raise standards in technology, safety, quality, and best practices for sealing devices. The FSA will enhance its existing education program on the correct adoption of technology and practices and will be a key collaborator with other organizations that influence and direct the development of key standards that directly impact the users of sealing devices.

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FSA’s Chris Swonger to Present Overview of Methane Mitigation Factor

FSA’s Chris Swonger will join industry leaders and labor and environmental experts to give an overview of the methane mitigation sector—an emerging U.S. industry focused on reducing emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector. Proven, cost-effective solutions already exist to minimize methane emissions—many of them made by American companies. A greater industry focus on curbing methane emissions will boost this U.S. manufacturing sector and drive the creation of good-paying manufacturing and construction jobs.

This discussion will also offer attendees an overview of the methane problem and how the U.S. methane mitigation industry works to combat it, as well as how doing so provides economic benefits to the communities they work in.


Allison Lami, CEO, Rebellion Photonics

Brad Markell, Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council

Chris Swonger, SVP of Government Relations, John Crane

Sean Wright, Senior Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund


Monday, April 13   ·   2:00PM – 3:15PM, Washington, DC – Washington Hilton Hotel

EDF’s report on the methane mitigation sector:



FSA Representative Appointed to Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

Chris Swonger PhotoThe Fluid Sealing Association has been granted a position on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. Chris Swonger, of Smiths Group, Chair of the FSA’s Government Affairs Working Group, has been appointed to serve as the FSA’s representative in this position.

The Committee will provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, services, and products that comply with U.S. environmental, safety, and related requirements.

Chris has been making significant contributions to the FSA’s government affairs efforts. His work with the advisory committee will strengthen their efforts under the ongoing Environmental Export Initiative, as well as the National Export Initiative (NEI)/NEXT.

FSA Announces New Membership Category for Engineers and Engineering Companies

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has received approval from its Board of Directors to adopt a new membership category, called Standards Partner, specifically designed to engage engineers and engineering companies who actively practice in design and consulting services relating to sealing devices and piping systems.

As a dynamic and growing association of sealing device manufacturers, the FSA has identified the collaborative opportunities to get their engineering communities together in advance of critical issues being identified. With the understanding that the FSA can provide information on best available technologies for sealing devices, they hope that new engagement with the engineering community at large can give them the community’s needs and wants based on their modern design principles in piping, vessels, and equipment.

For more information on the new FSA’s Standards Partner membership category, please click here.