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Emissions Valve Packing Technology Evolves to Reduce Methane Leaks

Methane (CH4) is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the US. In 2013, CH4 accounted for about 10 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Methane’s half-life in the atmosphere is much shorter than that of carbon dioxide (CO2); however, it is significantly more efficient at trapping radiation. Pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 on climate change is 25 times greater than that of CO2 during a 100-year period.

One area responsible for contributing to the increase in CH4 is leaking equipment in the oil and gas sector.  A major contributor to this leakage is valves that leak CH4 and sub-derivatives called volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the gland.

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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.