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Remediation of Paraffin Deposition

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute sponsored an evaluation of a novel product that reportedly could help reduce the detrimental effects of paraffin precipitation and deposition in oil wells.

Governor Joins Coalition

Governor Gordon joined a coalition of 16 Governors taking aim at a proposed Biden Administration rule that would penalize companies engaged in traditional energy development.

The letter to President Biden and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler opposes a proposed rule that would require publicly traded companies to make detailed disclosures about climate-change risks and greenhouse gas emissions. The Governors view the rule as prejudicial to business and a disservice to investors by increasing compliance costs, necessitating speculation and disclosures that the federal government is not properly equipped to judge.

May 2022 Carbon Storage Newsletter

The Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) release May’s 2022 Carbon Storage Newsletter (CSN) and summarizes public and private sector carbon storage news from around the world.

The Carbon Storage Newsletter provides information on recent activities and publications related to carbon storage. It covers domestic, international, public sector and private sector news in areas such as: DOE/NETL Highlights, announcements, project and business developments, legislation and policy, emissions trading, science and publications.

Gordon Named Chairman

Governor Mark Gordon’s leadership and support in the areas of oil and gas was recognized this week when he was voted the next chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).

The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1935. It includes 38 member states and serves as the states’ collective voice on oil and gas issues, as well as advocating for state leadership in governing oil and gas resources. The Commission works with states, Congress and the environmental community to gather information and viewpoints to assist with developing sound regulatory practices.

Mr. Lon Whitman new EORI Director

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lon Whitman as the new Director effective May 1, 2022. 

Mr. Whitman has worked for over 10 years at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute and brings a wealth of experience to his new role.  As EORI’s Director, Lon will bring his collaborative leadership style, commitment to accountability, and Wyoming partnerships to his new role along with a unified vision for the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute to help increase production through improved and enhanced oil recovery operations.

Mr. Whitman has a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His professional career includes both offshore and onshore experience in reservoir engineering and business development. He has an extensive background in enhanced oil recovery principles and technologies and worked nearly 10 years as a private consultant in EOR and IOR projects in Wyoming, Texas and North Dakota. Lon also has professional experience in environmental due diligence as a consultant for oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures.

Resumption of Federal Oil and Gas Lease Sales

Governor Gordon issued a statement following the Biden Administration’s announcement that lease sales for oil and gas drilling on federal land will resume.

"The announcement of an upcoming federal oil and gas lease sale is welcome news, but long overdue. While we don’t know the exact number and location of the Wyoming parcels, after 15 months without a lease sale in our state, to learn that royalty rates will be increased and available acreage significantly reduced is hardly cause for unbridled celebration. I am concerned that these changes will have a chilling effect on Wyoming companies as they prepare their bids."

Carbon Storage Newsletter

The Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) release March’s 2022 Carbon Storage Newsletter (CSN) and summarizes public and private sector carbon storage news from around the world.

The Carbon Storage Newsletter provides information on recent activities and publications related to carbon storage. It covers domestic, international, public sector and private sector news in areas such as: DOE/NETL Highlights, announcements, project and business developments, legislation and policy, emissions trading, science and publications.

Carbon Storage and Sequestration

Governor Mark Gordon signed into law SF0047 SEA0053, an act relating to geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. 

Carbon storage and sequestration-liability allows the State to assume ownership of and liability for CO2 injected into geologic formations.  Senate File 47 addresses investors’ concerns and releases the operator’s liability after a 10-year monitoring period following injection operations for CO2 reservoirs and related infrastructure.  The operator must ensure the reservoir is stable and injection wells are sealed and maintained to prevent leaks.  Once the environmental and remediation standards have been met, Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will issue a certificate of completion making the CO2 reservoir the state’s property and liability.