Enefit Partners with USU to Continue Air Monitoring
|Enefit American Oil has teamed with Utah State University’s Uintah Basin Campus to allow the continued collection of meteorological information for use in a long-term, multi-agency study of the Basin’s air quality. Enefit’s EPA-compliant meteorological monitoring station in the Rabbit Mountain area|
|in the southern Uintah Basin was built to collect 18 months of data required to eventually file for an air permit for the company’s planned oil shale project.
That work was completed last June and USU has operated the station since October. Enefit provides the university with access to the station at no charge as well as covering the utility costs.
USU and other agencies are in the third year of a multi-year study to assess how and why ozone builds up in the Uintah Basin during the winter. Initial findings draw a link between emissions from the area’s many oil and gas drilling rigs and cold-temperature inversions, which trap ozone near ground level. High levels of ozone can contribute to respiratory distress and other health conditions.