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LDAR: A Problem and a Solution for Hydraulic Fracturing

May 2014

Citation: 44 ELR 10345

Issue: 5

Author: Myriah Jaworski

Valves, pumps, connectors, and other component parts are the crucial joints in an industrial plant’s skeletal system. Without them, movement—or in the case of a refinery or chemical manufacturing facility, processing—would be impossible. And, just as with skeletal joints, without proper care and maintenance, normal wear and tear can cause component parts to become arthritic and leak, releasing contained gas and liquids into the environment. Leaking parts are particularly problematic to the expansion of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, as they may undermine the greenhouse gas reduction otherwise gained by transitioning to natural gas.

Myriah Jaworski is an Associate with Phillips Lytle LLP in New York. She has served as a Trial Attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions are those of the author as an individual and not any organization, client, or group.

 

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