Inside the Fence: How EPA's NSPS OOOOb/c Embraces Innovation and Safeguards Your Future

By Seth Long, CEO, Shepherd Safety Systems

As CEO of Shepherd Safety Systems, I’ve seen firsthand the human and environmental costs of methane leaks in the oil and gas industry. That’s why the recent EPA Rule for NSPS OOOOb/c is a beacon of hope, not just for environmental protection, but for the future of our industry.

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This shift is more than just a technological leap; it’s a game-changer for the entire industry. Here’s how:

Flexibility and Performance: The rule empowers owners and operators to choose the right tool for the job. It recognizes that a single, one-size-fits-all approach won’t capture the diverse realities of different facilities and leak sources. Whether it’s our continuous, real-time monitoring at wellheads or drones patrolling pipelines, the rule allows flexibility without sacrificing performance.

This was evident in the overwhelmingly positive feedback from industry, states, and even environmental groups during the rulemaking process. Everyone recognizes the potential of advanced technologies to revolutionize leak detection, and NSPS OOOOb/c creates the space for that to happen.

Innovation Fosters Prosperity: The rule isn’t just about environmental protection; it’s also about economic opportunity. By streamlining the pathway for new technologies to be approved, it opens the doors for American ingenuity to flourish. Small businesses like Shepherd are developing the next generation of methane detection solutions, creating good-paying jobs across the country.

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Remember, these aren’t just statistics; they’re people – skilled technicians, engineers, and data analysts working tirelessly to safeguard our communities and environment. The new NSPS OOOOb/c rule champions their efforts, recognizing the vital role they play in building a cleaner, safer future.

The Stakes Are High: Let’s be clear, the status quo is no longer acceptable. Fence-line monitoring systems, with their inherent limitations, expose facilities to significant risks. The EPA estimates that unidentified leaks can cost companies millions of dollars in lost product and potential fines for non-compliance. But the true cost goes far beyond financial penalties.

Imagine the public outcry if a major leak, missed by outdated technology, were to harm workers or communities. The reputational damage would be long-lasting. NSPS OOOOb/c is a wake-up call – a call to action to embrace innovation and proactive leak management before it’s too late.

Shepherd: Leading the Way Inside the Fence

At Shepherd Safety Systems, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this technological revolution. Our Class I Div 1 sensor is a testament to American innovation and environmental commitment. It is the first in the country that delivers continuous, real-time monitoring, identifying leaks with pinpoint accuracy, even in the harshest environments.

NSPS OOOOb/c isn’t just a rule; it’s an invitation to embrace a new era of leak detection. By investing in cutting-edge technology, you’re not just protecting the environment; you’re protecting your workers, your community, and your company’s future.

Join us in embracing the future of methane detection. Together, we can protect what matters most, one leak-free site at a time. Contact Shepherd Safety Systems today and let’s chart a course toward a prosperous, sustainable future for your business and our planet.

Remember, the future is not outside the fence – it’s inside.