National and worldwide demands for energy in the form of oil and gas are driving up production of these resources in Utah and the Western United States. Utah is ranked 11th in the country in crude oil production and 9th in natural gas gross production. Oil and gas production and related activities provide much needed jobs for the Uinta Basin and other economic benefits for the state. Emissions from this type of development can have an adverse impact on air quality. It is important for human health, the environment, and continued oil and gas development to address and mitigate air quality issues in the Uinta Basin and other parts of rural Utah.
For more information contact Brock LeBaron.
Air Pollution Modeling
(2011) A computer model simulates the meteorological conditions and chemical reactions that govern air pollution formation and transport.
Emission Reductions in the Uinta Basin
Phase-in periods for new oil and gas standards provide companies with opportunities for
voluntary emissions reductions ahead of State and federal deadlines.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards
(2011) A discussion of current national ambient air quality standards.
(June 2010) Questions and answers about ozone.
Ozone in the Uinta Basin
(September 2013) Ozone in the Basin is unique because it occurs in winter during inversions.
Rural Air Quality and Oil/Gas Development in Utah
(June 2010) Ambient concentrations of rural air pollution are rising and the EPA standards are going down.
- Uinta Basin Ozone Study 2014
(January 2014) Focus in this year's study is on quantifying the contribution of nitrous acid and formaldehyde to the chemical reactions responsible for ozone formation.
Best Management Practices for the Oil and Gas Industry
(July 2, 2013) A guide to help prevent pollution during drilling and production.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The EPA's National Environmental Policy Act page.
Ozone Presentations to the Utah Air Quality Board
(October 2011) Various presentations on aspects of ozone by DAQ staff.
Real Time Monitoring Data for the Uinta Basin
(Ongoing) Data trend charts from locations in the Uinta Basin.
Uinta Basin Air Monitoring Location Map
(January 2011) Air monitoring locations plotted among oil and gas operations.
Uinta Basin Air Quality Meeting
(April 29, 2013) Presentation on 2012 Winter Ozone Study and next steps.
University of Utah Uinta Basin Ozone Study Reference Site
(Ongoing) A reference Web site maintained by the University of Utah.
Watersheds: Uinta Basin
DWQ's specialist for the Uinta Basin watershed.
Bonanza Power Plant