Western Oil and Natural Gas Producers Contribute to Air Quality Study

February 6, 2012

Uinta Basin Air Quality Study will provide new data to help regulators understand wintertime ozone levels

(DENVER) – On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Western Energy Alliance along with the State of Utah, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Utah State University, Energy Dynamics Laboratory, Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Services District (UIMSSD), Uintah County, and Duchesne County will launch an air quality study to better understand the causes of increased winter ozone levels in Utah's Uinta Basin. The study will kick off with a series of public events in Vernal, Utah.

High ozone readings were recorded in the Uinta Basin during the last two winters, although not yet in 2012. As a result, the federal government has slowed energy development, which accounts for a large portion of the basin's economy. The study will provide scientific data about the conditions resulting in ozone formation to better inform regulators, public land managers, and the greater scientific community.

Western Energy Alliance has raised $1.125 million for the study, with contributions from Anadarko Petroleum, Berry Petroleum, Bill Barrett Corp., EOG Resources, Gasco Energy, Newfield Exploration, QEP Resources, and XTO Energy.

"Western Energy Alliance member companies have been studying air quality and taking measures to reduce air emissions in the Uinta Basin for years," said Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. "Industry is serious about protecting air quality while continuing to develop domestic energy in the West, and proud to be a part of this vital study for advancing the scientific understanding of wintertime ozone."

Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, will be available for questions at the Press Conference and during the public Open House.

Who: Bryce Bird, Director of Utah Division of Air Quality
          Commissioner Mike McKee, Uintah County
          Brock LeBaron, Deputy Director of Utah Division of Air Quality
          Tammie Lucero, Executive Director, Uintah County Economic Development

What: Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study kick-off news conference

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

Where: Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center
              Vernal, Utah


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 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.