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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 Government Affairs Update

The “Environmental Goods” agreement is a project sponsored by the World Trade Organization to eliminate Trade barriers and export tariffs for goods that are beneficial to the environment. The unimpeded international trade of such goods would lead to their greater use, and therefore to a cleaner environment. The United States Trade Representative solicited comments on what should be included on the list of such goods. The FSA argued in a written response that sealing products, which are used to seal all types of equipment used in the production industrial products and thus contain harmful emissions, would fall under that category.

Click Government Affairs Update Fall 2014 to read more.

Click here to see video testimony given in front of a panel of government officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, Environment Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security.