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BLM Environmental Analysis for Converse County Oil & Gas Project

The Converse County Oil and Gas Project final environmental impact statement and proposed resource management plan amendment has been published and is one step closer to clearing a major regulatory hurdle.

The Converse County Oil and Gas Project proposes to drill 5,000 wells, 1,500 miles of gas gathering pipelines and 900 miles of water pipelines, along with roads, electrical lines and other infrastructure over a ten year period.  The project estimates the creation of up to 8,000 jobs and the potential for state and federal revenue ranging from $18 billion to $28 billion.

BLM proposes streamlined regulations

The Trump administration moves to relax regulations and allow operators to more efficiently and accurately handle and measure the commodities they produce in an effort to spur domestic energy development.

The Bureau of Land Management plans to amend regulatory requirements for oil and gas operators working on federal and tribal lands in an effort to streamline regulations “to ensure that our oversight of energy production on America’s public lands is consistent and fair,” stated Kate MacGregor, Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

Proposed Tax Relief Legislation for Wyoming

Wyoming’s Joint Minerals and the Business & Economic Development Committee voted in favor of sponsoring a bill that would encourage new oil and gas production in the state.

With the goal of spurring additional mineral production and capital investment to recover from economic collapse and energy markets, Wyoming’s legislature advanced a bill that would reduce the state’s mineral tax rate by half for a six month period when oil prices fall below $38 to $45 per barrel and gas prices fall below $2.95 per thousand cubic feet as a 30-day rolling average.

Wyoming’s Public Media highlights Jeffrey Brown

Jeff Brown, the Director of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming's Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute was featured in a news piece focusing on a new analysis of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change.

Brown’s analysis models the economics of connecting carbon capture sites across the U.S. with underground storage sites, thus helping to reduce the cost of preventing climate change. 

Transportation Infrastructure for Carbon Capture and Storage

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) and the University of Wyoming’s Jeffrey Brown explore the planning of CO2 transportation networks on a regional scale and ascertains the economic and environmental benefits that can be achieved through economies of scale to meet the US midcentury decarbonization goals.

This paper represents the results of modeling efforts to identifying regional scale CO2 transport infrastructure that would serve existing facilities and allow participation by new capture projects and facilities in the near future.

The analysis identifies near-term capture and storage opportunities, then designs and plans the regional transport infrastructure required to maximize CO2 reductions while minimizing cost and land use impacts throughout the Midwest, Rockies, Plains, Gulf Coast, and Texas.

Seeking Wyoming Oil & Gas Operators for New Sponsored Study

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI), University of Wyoming, in Casper, Wyoming is Sponsoring a Microbial Treatment Field Test Study to Address Paraffin Problems. 

Well selection is currently underway and will remain open until 15 qualifying wells are selected, or through October, 2021.

Operators are encouraged to submit wells for study consideration as soon as possible, as there is no out-of-pocket cost to the operator/s. Specific criteria and performance of outlined protocol, as well as a contract, are required. Detailed information on the study may be found here.

EORI’s Director Dr. Steven M. Carpenter presents for Petrolern

The Cowboy Unicorn, hosted by Petrolern’s At-home Seminar Series (PASS) on May 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT.

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Steven M. Carpenter will be presenting on Wyoming’s CCUS feasible opportunities and will share and relate Wyoming’s unique position and leadership in CCUS research and technology.  Dr. Carpenter is an engaging public speaker and a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience in the international energy and mining industry. He is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), climate change, carbon, and risk management issues.  His work includes technical assessment, public policy, legal and regulatory issues, training and education.

Northern Denver-Julesburg Basin Production Trends

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI), University of Wyoming, in Casper, Wyoming has published a study highlighting the best practices for drilling the Codell and Niobrara formations of the northern Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin in southeastern Wyoming.

This work details how best practices were obtained through optimized design and yielded better overall economics when modeled. 

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute’s Jessica L. Barhaug, Senior Engineer, and Stephen T. Whitaker, Technical Director and Senior Petroleum Geologist, are the authors of the paper, entitled “Northern Denver-Julesburg Basin Production Trends – A Multivariate Approach" published online April of 2020 on EORI’s website under the Projects tab.  Barhaug and Whitaker initiated the study to determine the ideal drilling and completion program for a targeted reservoir and evaluate the economic results.  The authors compared the current drilling and completion practices to analyze the main drivers behind cumulative oil production at different time intervals while simultaneously considering the economics that are influencing the decision makers.