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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to the White House Announcement on Reducing Emissions

The White House today announced that it will seek to limit methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry through forging a relationship with Canada to implement the historic Paris Agreement by developing mutual environmental control regulations. As the leading trade association for American and Canadian sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing these challenges and believes sealing and containment device technologies can play an important role. Cost-effective, American and Canadian made sealing device technologies are a proven solution to limiting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The sealing industry looks forward to working with the oil and gas industry to address this issue.

The FSA and its members are committed to being a technical resource in addressing these issues. FSA members welcome the opportunity to work with industry to drive emissions reductions in a positive way.

Click here to read the announcement from the White House.

Founded in 1933, the FLUID SEALING ASSOCIATION® (FSA) is an international trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society and safe workplaces 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. They support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.

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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 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.

FSA Engages EPA on Attributes of Sealing Device Technology

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.