The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its commitment to take a closer look at the decades-old formulas it uses to estimate the volume of smog-forming emissions from flares at natural gas production sites. This agreement was the result of several environmental groups which sued in federal court to force the EPA to review emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from natural gas production sites. Such a review would be the first since 1985 and comes amid increased oil and gas production in the U.S. as a result of improved technology including horizontal drilling and fracking.
When a similar review and assessment was done for refinery and chemical plant flares, the EPA found flare gas emissions exceeded previous estimates by 400%, leading to more stringent regulation. If similar results are found for natural gas drilling sites, the potential impact of the required emissions reduction could be huge for the environment.
Naturally, oil and gas companies are fearful that this type of regulation could cut into their bottom line. But what if E&P companies’ fears could be alleviated – or even negated?
Using ClearSign’s Duplex™ technology, NOx emissions and VOC destruction achieve best available control technology results and drop to unprecedentedly low levels compared to competing burner technologies. The Duplex is easily retrofittable into existing ground flares/incinerators where emission performance is critical.
For more information on ClearSign’s Duplex technology and its impact on efficiency and emissions reduction, read our latest white paper, “Duplex – A Creative Innovation in Industrial Combustion Technology” or visit www.clearsign.com.