Over half of Wyoming residents surveyed support Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) as a way to capture and store CO2
An updated survey from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) explores Wyoming residents’ perspectives of energy development, including “social license” -- the level in which Cowboy State residents support or oppose different forms and amounts of energy development. The findings conclude that a majority of Wyoming residents surveyed feel that EOR is important to Wyoming’s economy.
The research is a companion document to the original study that was conducted in 2020 in collaboration with UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. The updated research was led by Jessica Western, an adjunct professor in the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Selena Gerace, an SER associate research scientist and was supported by the Plains CO2 Reduction Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Intermountain West Energy Sustainability and Transitions initiative.
EORI’s mission is to facilitate improved and enhanced oil recovery in Wyoming reservoirs, and as such, it has focused much of its resources on exploring ways to improve the application of CO2-EOR in Wyoming oil fields. EORI as a vital source of relevant technology, information, expertise and knowledge for Wyoming oil and gas operators.
The full survey results can be downloaded from SER’s Center for Energy Regulation and Policy Analysis webpage here.