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Polymer Flooding the Minnelusa

Report detailing the potential benefits of polymer flooding the Minnelusa Formation to improve oil production is now available from the EORI.

Polymer-augmented waterflooding has proven to be a successful method for improving production in Minnelusa oil reservoirs. Advantages of using polymer include: low cost, prevention of early water breakthroughs, improvement in volumetric sweep and conformance, reducing water production, and mobilizing bypassed oil.

CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects Survey

Advanced Resources Intl (ARI) has recently published a new, comprehensive status report of active CO2EOR projects in the U.S. from 2015 through 2019.

This report provides the first update of CO2EOR project data since the final publication of the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ) EOR Survey in 2014. The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) and Steve Melzer (Melzer Consulting and member of the EORI Technical Advisory Board (TAB) were part of the team developing the report with ARI.

Gordon Advocates for Wyoming Energy

Governor Gordon testifies to the U.S. Senate Committee that the Biden administration’s policy is harmful to Wyoming’s economy.

During testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Governor Mark Gordon stressed the importance of oil and gas leasing on federal lands in Wyoming, and emphasized that the current moratorium is both unnecessary and discriminatory.

Eli Bebout and Representative Mike Greear

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Commission members, Eli Bebout and Representative Mike Greear.

Eli Bebout is a veteran Wyoming politician and former President of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 26 from Riverton, in Fremont County.  A Republican, Bebout is also a former member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, and his party's nominee for governor in the 2002 general election.  Committee assignments included Chairman of the Joint Minerals Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as Chair of the Joint Appropriations and the Senate Appropriations Committees and member of the Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery Commission.

Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Full Committee Hearing on the Department of the Interior’s Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

The purpose of this hearing is to examine energy development on federal lands, focusing on the current status of the Department of the Interior’s onshore oil and gas leasing program

The hearing was held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

Metric used to Calculate the Social Cost of Carbon

Wyoming joined a 10-state lawsuit against the Biden administration to prevent the implementation of an act of “job-killing executive overreach”

The Biden Administration recently signed an executive order requiring his agencies to factor in social cost estimates when analyzing regulatory actions.  Federal appointees will be required to establish a damages value based upon global environmental damages from climate changes. These values are referred to as the “social cost of carbon,” the “social cost of methane” and the “social cost of nitrous oxide.”

Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Lands

Governor Mark Gordon’s office issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon blasting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to cancel oil and gas lease sales from public lands through June 2021

“The announcement by the Bureau of Land Management ‘to not hold’ the second quarter oil and gas lease sale due to an ongoing review ordered by President Biden is disappointing, disheartening and not surprising,” said Gordon in the statement. “Federal reviews of anything typically take months, and sometimes years.”

Carbon XPRIZE Awards $7.5 Million to UCLA CarbonBuilt

UCLA CarbonBuilt technology injects flue gas captured carbon dioxide from Wyoming’s ITC into concrete mixtures where it is then stored.

The process, according to the announcement, can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by more than 50%, reduce raw material costs and increase profitability. CarbonBuilt’s technology increases the use of low-cost waste materials and cuts back on the need for traditional cement.