At their meeting on October 24 in Fort Worth, the Government Affairs Committee will be discussion their efforts to reach out to USTR Representative Lighthizer regarding a possibly study for the Trump Administration on the GA and addressing the trade debt, with which FSA could be of some assistance. The Environment Canada Methane Rule will be reviewed. The FSA submitted comments for this last summer and a final rule is scheduled for spring/summer 2018. The API 682 and Mechanical Seal Standard for Pipelines meeting is scheduled for November. The committee will consider a meeting with the EPA as an opportunity to showcase FSA technology. The committee will consider adding a focus on water conservation.
People don’t realize how often fluid seals are used in their everyday lives. For many of us, the first thing we do in the morning is brush our teeth. Water flows out of the faucet, which is controlled by a fluid seal. Today, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) acts as the international trade association responsible for informing and educating the fluid sealing industry and its users.
Founded in 1933, FSA’s member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid sealing devices primarily targeted to the industrial market. The association’s members account for a majority of the manufacturing capacity when it comes to fluid sealing devices in the Americas market.
Henri Azibert has been serving as FSA’s technical director for three years. With more than 30 years of sealing engineering experience, Azibert is focused on maintaining an association that is productive and vibrant, conducts numerous activities and involves all its members.
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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.
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.
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.
A message from Mike Shorts, President of the FSA:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the outline of their plan to address methane emissions. As the leading trade association that represents North American sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing the challenges posed by climate change. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas and contributor to climate change.
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing leaks and emissions, the FSA and its members are committed to doing its part to address climate change. The FSA is well equipped to work with our partners in the oil and gas sector, the EPA and the Obama Administration in finding solutions and being a technical resource to curtail methane emissions.
Member companies of the FSA offer American-made, cost-effective and proven solutions and we develop sealing technologies that drive emission reductions across the U.S. oil and gas and process industries.
The Fluid Sealing Association is a trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society and a 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 energy and industrial process markets. We support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.
Click here to see the New York Times’ article from January 13, 2015.
The FSA recently wrote and advised the EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, concerning efforts to contain and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Containing methane leaks is necessary to address climate change challenges. Members of the FSA are committed to working with their oil and gas customers to offer the “best-in-class” sealing device technologies available. FSA members play a prominent role in preventing leaks and emissions while increasing energy efficiency in the oil and gas sector. Read their letter FSA Methane Letter to EPA 102714.
The U.S. EPA has released its third year of greenhouse gas (GHS) data detailing carbon emissions and trends from large facilities broken down by industrial sector, GHS, geographic region, and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in these emissions as more utilities switch to cleaner burning natural gas.
EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program collects annual information from over 8,000 facilities in the largest emitting industries, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. In addition, the program is receiving data on the increasing production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), predominantly used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. This Program is the only one that collects facility-level GHG data from major industrial sources across the U.S.
The 2012 data show that in the two years since reporting began, emissions from power plants have decreased 10%. This is due to a switch from coal to natural gas for electricity generation and a slight decrease in electricity production. Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain the largest source of U.S. GHG emissions. With just under 1,600 facilities emitting over 2 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2012, these plants account for roughly 40% of total U.S. carbon emissions.
The data are accessible through EPA’s online data publication tool, FLIGHT, which is available for both desktop and mobile devices. This year, with three years of data for most sources, FLIGHT now has been updated with new features, including the ability to view trend graphs by sector and facility as well as download charts and graphs for use in presentations and reports. The data are also published through EnviroFacts, which allows the public to download data for further analyses.
Access link to EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Data and Data Publication Tool is: http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/
Access to EnviroFacts: