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The Ruckelshaus Institute’s new Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative is an effort to gather, synthesize, and deliver information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate landscape-scale energy development impacts to wildlife. The initiative's first publication, “Natural Gas Development and Wildlife Mitigation: A Primer” provides a common foundation of terms and understanding for what “mitigation” and its associated activities mean in the context of natural gas development in Wyoming. Visit the Energy Mitigation Initiative.
Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Forum
This forum convened at the University of Wyoming Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie on September 26 and 27, 2011. The forum, sponsored by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, brought together approximately 400 participants representing state and federal government, private industry, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, landowners, and the general public. The summary report gives a detailed review of the proceedings and key outcomes from the forum.
Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: A Guide for Landowners
This guide outlines the process of wind energy development and private land leasing and provides information on the growing practice of landowner wind energy associations and the changing legislative landscape in the state. Download the report.
Coalbed Natural Gas Research, Monitoring, and Applications Conference (Laramie, Wyoming, 2004)
This conference provided a venue for sharing research, monitoring, and application results of field-tested, empirically supported work. You may purchase the conference proceedings from the Wyoming Geological Survey website.
Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming: A Summary of Quantity, Quality, and Management Options (2005)
This report summarized a host of water quality and quantity issues, including options for water management, treatment, disposal, and use; economic impacts; legal and regulatory issues; and alternative strategies for water management associated with coalbed methane development. Download the pdf.
Energy Futures: Global Changes that Challenge Wyoming (speakers series in Casper, Wyoming, September 2006)
In this special topics course taught by Anne MacKinnon, natural resources attorney, and offered at Casper College, students were exposed to a breadth of energy issues in the context of a carbon-constrained world.
Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas: CBNG Produced Water Investigations
Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas was a two-year, $1.5 million project that engaged nearly a dozen UW faculty around nine research tasks associated with coalbed methane product water. Download the report.
Finding the Balance: Energy and Climate (conference in Jackson, Wyoming, October 2007)
The two-day forum brought together high-level decision makers, experts in the field of energy and climate, and other interested parties from across the U.S. and beyond to share information and find common ground on balancing energy needs with climate considerations. The issues were explored from a variety of different perspectives, emphasizing economic, scientific, public policy, and societal values.
Ozone Air Quality Research in Sublette County (public forum in Pinedale, 2008)
This forum provided information to the public on the human health effects of ozone, associated regulatory policy and implications associated with ozone standards, and the atmospheric chemistry of ozone. Read more.
Energy Resources and Produced Water Conference (Laramie, Wyoming, May 2010)
This international conference addressed the quality, quantity, regulation, management, and technology associated with water co-produced from or used in the development of oil, gas, coalbed natural gas, coal mining, uranium, and carbon sequestration. Read more.
Legal and Regulatory Implications for Coalbed Natural Gas Produced Water in Wyoming (2010)
This book chapter appears in Coalbed Natural Gas: Energy and Environment, edited by UW Renewable Resources faculty member, KJ Reddy. The book reports on global coalbed natural gas development trends over the last three decades. Buy this book on Amazon.