Jonah Energy LLC recently awarded the University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources Air Quality Center of Excellence, a gift of $100,000 to support the continuation of the center's work regarding emissions from oil and gas exploration and production activities.
The gift is intend to support research that strengthens the accuracy of engineering calculations of emissions by ground truth with a variety of measurement platforms, including a dedicated mobile laboratory.
Since 2009 researchers from UW have investigated the importance of emissions in the Upper Green River Basin, in particular the Jonah Field and Pinedale Anticline development areas. This work has resulted in numerous academic publications and has supported State led efforts to better understand wintertime ozone formation and basin wide emissions of methane.
Craig Manaugh, President of Jonah Energy remarked that “Minimizing emissions from oil and gas development through better scientific understanding, maintaining current operating practices and implementing new technology are important goals. We believe this grant, and the research it will fund, will help to advance those goals.”
According to one of the lead researchers in this area Dr. Robert Field, “field measurements of emissions will reduce uncertainty that impacts our ability to model wintertime ozone and the support of Jonah Energy will allow us to gather information that will improve our current understanding.”
“Wyoming is a leader with respect to air quality assessments of oil and gas impacts and this gift strengthens our research efforts, stated Assistant Professor Shane Murphy, the Director of the Air Quality Center. The gift will fund field campaigns during 2017 that support student research at the University of Wyoming.
Jonah Energy LLC presents a $100,000 gift to the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources Center for Excellence in Air Quality. The gift will supports the Center for Excellence in Air Quality in furthering scientific understanding of emissions from the oil and gas industry in the Rocky Mountain Region. A huge thank you to Jonah Energy, LLC! Pictured, left to right: Craig Manaugh (president and COO of Jonah Energy, LLC), Howard Dieter (director, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Regulatory Compliance, Jonah), Jeff Soltis (research scientist, UW Center of Excellence in Air Quality), Mike Park (VP Operations, Jonah), Rachel Edie (graduate student, UW Center), Shane Murphy (director, UW Center), Anna Robertson (graduate student, UW Center), Robert Field-Assistant (director, UW Center), and Paul Ulrich (director, Government Affairs, Jonah).