November 2014

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Environmental regulations: How much do they really cost?

Processors should instead grasp some understanding of the costs and benefits by asking themselves: “How much will these changes really cost, and what’s in it for me?”

Allen, K., Kleinfelder

It is not unusual for some hydrocarbon processors to make environmental compliance activities a lower priority than daily operational needs, such as plant maintenance, product flow and product transport. After all, compliance does not directly generate profit. Although not all owners/operators intentionally ignore environmental compliance, this mode of operating has been seen in the industry throughout the years—until now. In the past decade, a great shift has occurred in hydrocarbon processors’ operating environments. As America’s robust oil and gas market expands—combined with increased international competition and unending news coverage of “environmentally uns

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