WASHINGTON—The Fluid Sealing Association said it looks forward to working with the U.S. and Canadian oil and gas industry to meet the challenges posed by the new U.S.-Canada accord to implement the Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions and promote clean development.
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the agreement March 10 during Trudeau's state visit to Washington.
“The two leaders regard the Paris Agreement as a turning point in global efforts to combat climate change and anchor economic growth in clean development,” according to the joint statement released by Washington and Ottawa.
“They resolve that the United States and Canada must and will play a leadership role internationally in the low-carbon global economy over the coming decades,” it said.
Under the new accord, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin immediately to establish regulations for methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources, according to the document. Environment and Climate Change Canada will also move to establish national methane emissions regulations, with the initial phase of proposals due in 2017, it said.
“As the leading trade association for American and Canadian fluid device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association recognizes the importance of addressing these challenges, and believes sealing and containment device technologies can play an important role,” the FSA said in a statement issued March 10.
“Cost-effective, American- and Canadian-made sealing device technologies are a proven solution to limiting methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors,” the FSA said. “The sealing industry looks forward to working with the oil and gas industry to address this issue.”