press release

Unocal honored for implementation of EPA STAR program

El Segundo, Calif., Dec. 12, 2001 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently honored Unocal Senior HES Staff Specialist James "Bubba" Frederick with its coveted STAR Implementation Manager of the Year award.

The award, presented by EPA Director Christina Todd Whitman at the Eighth Annual Natural Gas STAR Implementation Workshop, recognizes Frederick and Unocal for cost-effective and environmentally noteworthy practical application of methane reduction technologies.

The Implementation Manager of the Year Award was bestowed on Frederick for the instrumental role he played in bringing Unocal's U.S. operations into the STAR program. The expanded STAR membership includes Unocal's Lower 48 and Alaska E&P operations and the company's pipeline facilities.

STAR is a voluntary program that promotes reduction of methane emissions in the United States. Since 1998, Unocal has accounted for methane reductions of more than 730 million standard cubic feet through cost-effective practices. This was done by implementing such projects as using compressed air to operate instruments rather than using natural gas, installing low-bleed control kits on selected controls, and through the installation of vapor recovery systems to handle waste gas.

EPA's Whitman praised Frederick's efforts and noted that Unocal's results show it is possible to be environmentally responsible and cost-effective at the same time, and that being committed to environmental stewardship makes good business sense.

Unocal's STAR membership is part of the company's Global Climate Change (GCC) initiative, which involves the development of a worldwide inventory of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and the identification of measures to reduce them.

Updated: December 2001