What are Pipeline Emissions?
Emissions are the constant loss of product from within a pipe through and/or around a sealing element. Emissions are directly correlated to the sealability of a gasket or sealing product. It has been stated that “all gaskets leak”, but what is acceptable and unacceptable? Many companies are creating mandates to reduce GreenHouse Gas Emissions (GHG Emissions) to reduce the footprint for greenhouse gases and the EPA has strict standards when it comes to emissions for the oil and gas process. The creation of these requirements can now make a gasket that was once acceptable for emissions no longer acceptable.
Emissions today may not have been emissions in the past. As sensing technology has gotten better and the world has become more environmentally conscious, stricter and stricter requirements have been put in place. Chemicals that are injurious to the environment are often labelled as VOCs and HAPs.
"Volatile organic compounds (VOC) means any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions. Source EPA.
HAPS are Hazardous Air Pollutants, also known as toxic air pollutants or air toxics, are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects. EPA is working with state, local, and tribal governments to reduce air emissions of 187 toxic air pollutants to the environment.