(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.
(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.”
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.
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.
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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.
Pumps & Systems MENA, the new magazine for pump users in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that Henri Azibert, the Technical Director for the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), has joined its Editorial Advisory Board.
“I look forward to working with the staff at Pumps & Systems MENA,” Azibert said. “The global pumps market is very important to our members.”
As an Editorial Advisory Board member, Azibert will be consulted on the latest trends and challenges in the MENA pumps market.