Fugitive Emissions

Continuous or intermittent flammable gas and vapor releases that are relatively small compared to releases due to equipment failures. These releases occur during normal operation of closed systems from components such as pump seals, valve packing and flange gaskets.

API RP 500, Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2, Third Edition, December 2012, Global Standards

Fugitive Emissions

“Fugitive emission” means a controlled product in gas, liquid or solid form that escapes from processing equipment, from control emission equipment or from a product.

Source:  Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Occupational Health & Safety Requirements, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, Canada, December 2000. Regulations

Source: Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, SOR/87-612, Canada, current to April 29, 2013. Regulations

Fugitive Emissions

Releases of gas from lease production, gathering, compression, or gas plant equipment components, including emissions from valve stems, pressure relief valves, flanges and connections, gas-operated valves, compressor and pump seals, pumping well stuffing boxes, casing-to-casing bradenheads subject to the provisions of §3.17 of this title (relating to Pressure on Bradenhead), pits, and sumps, that cannot reasonably be captured and sold or routed to a vent or flare.

Source: Oil and Gas Division, Texas Administrative Code, Title 16, Chapter 3, February 2013. Regulations

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