Uintah Basin

Environment & Public Lands
7:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Questions Arise About the Role of Methane in Uintah Basin Air Quality

The Utah Division of Air Quality's monitoring station in Vernal, Utah
Dan Bammes

 The Utah Division of Air Quality has just released the third in a series of studies on the winter ozone problem in the Uintah Basin.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:03 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Bill Barrett Corporation Sells West Tavaputs Gas Field

The Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah
Dan Bammes

Last week, the Bill Barrett Corporation sold its natural gas properties in the West Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah for more than 300-million dollars. 

The deal was announced last week, but the buyer wasn’t disclosed.  Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, though, identify the buyer  as the EnerVest Corporation, based in Houston.  The transaction is valued at 371-million dollars.  EnerVest has drilling operations in Colorado and New Mexico as well as several other states in the South and Midwest.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:46 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Study Looks at Uintah Basin Ozone

Winter air over the Uintah Basin near Vernal
Dan Bammes

  After a year of studying winter ozone air pollution in Utah’s Uintah Basin, a team of scientists has determined that oil and gas wells are causing most of the problem.  

The team at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin campus studied ozone last winter – when there were only a few inversion days and not much of a problem.  It’s been worse this year, and Seth Lyman with the Bingham Research Center says a big part of the problem is the volatile organic compounds such as benzene coming from thousands of oil and gas wells.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:47 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

BLM Approves Plan for Drilling Near Desolation Canyon

The Green River flows through Utah's Desolation Canyon
Adam Swisher, National Outdoor Leadership School

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan proposed by Gasco to drill 1,300 new oil and gas wells in eastern Utah over the next 15 years.  Some of the wells will be drilled in the Desolation Canyon area near the Green River.  That has environmental groups warning of what they call a "disaster."

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