Press Conference: Release of Uinta Basin Ozone Study

February 18, 2013

Scientific study to help regulators, community and industry understand winter ozone levels


(VERNAL, UT) – At 2:00 p.m. on February 19, 2012, Western Energy Alliance will join the Utah Division of Air Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Uintah County Commission, Bingham Research Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others in Vernal, UT for a press conference to release the 2011/2012 Uinta Basin Winter Ozone and Air Quality Study.


The organizations formed the partnership in response to elevated levels of ozone in the Uinta Basin. While summer ozone formation is well understood after decades of study and regulatory efforts, the science lags behind on winter ozone, which has only fairly recently been identified as an issue. The Uinta Basin Winter Ozone Study effort, which is continuing through 2013, will significantly advance the scientific understanding of winter ozone formation.


"Ironically, after gathering a very impressive research team and deploying them into the basin with a vast array of scientific instruments, there were no high ozone occurrences in 2012," said Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. "The weather conditions necessary for ozone formation did not exist last winter, but as a result, the scientists were able to gather extensive baseline data."


"The partners have continued with the 2013 study, and this year the weather conditions necessary for ozone formation have occurred. The two studies together will significantly advance the scientific understanding of winter ozone formation, and will inform regulators and industry on how to effectively reduce emissions."


Western Energy Alliance is proud to support both studies to the tune of $2.125 million dollars, thanks to funding from Andarko Petroleum, Berry Petroleum, Bill Barrett Corp., EOG Resources, Gasco Energy, Newfield Exploration, QEP Resources, and XTO Energy.


"Industry remains committed to protecting air quality while continuing to develop domestic energy in the West, and proud to be a part of this scientific endeavor," concluded Sgamma.


The final 2011-2012 Study report and the 2012/2013 plan will be available at http://www.deq.utah.gov/locations/uintahbasin/index.htm.


(press conference details below)

Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Western Energy Alliance, will be available for questions following the press conference.


Who: Brock LeBaron, Deputy Director, Utah Division of Air Quality
           Mike McKee, Commissioner, Uintah County, UT
           Seth Lyman, Executive Director, Bingham Research Center, Utah State University
           Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Western Energy Alliance


What: Press conference to release the results of the Uinta Basin Ozone Study


When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. MT


Where: Bringham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center
               320 North Aggie Blvd., Vernal, UT


              To request a call-in number, please contact Donna Kemp Spangler at (801) 536-4484

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About Western Energy Alliance
Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is a non-profit trade association representing more than 400 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. More information on Western Energy Alliance and its members is available at www.westernenergyalliance.org.