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Millions of Acres open for Oil and Gas Exploration

The U.S. Interior Department will evaluate more than 700,000 acres of land for potential auction of which most, 560,000 acres, is in Wyoming.

The sales planned for early 2022 will offer parcels that had been scheduled to be offered earlier this year before the Biden administration ordered a pause on new oil and gas leases during Biden’s first week in office. 

Pipelines are a Link in CCS Systems

Pipelines are a fundamental aspect of carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems by transporting CO2 from industrial flues to reservoirs to help meet mid-century net-zero emission goals.

A July report from the Council on Environmental Quality said that a CCS industry large enough to help meet the country’s goal of “net-zero” emissions by 2050 could require 68,000 miles of new CO2 pipelines.  The oil and gas pipeline industry could find immense business opportunity in building out the nation’s CO2 pipeline network which currently is the largest in the world at about 5,150 miles of infrastructure.

Wyoming – Leading on CCUS

Wyoming is highlighted as a good example of how states can play a leading role in overcoming obstacles associated with carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS)

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck published an article providing general information and recent opportunities emerging to make CCUS a meaningful climate change solution.  The article shines a light on how Wyoming has favorable CCUS laws including permitting procedures and requirements for CCUS sites as well as certification of CO2 intentionally stored during enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.  The article also mentions Wyoming’s CO2 transportation infrastructure and the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) establishing corridors on public lands designed to lower upfront costs and encourage regulatory stability.

Wyoming’s Experts in Oil and Gas Exploration

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute serves Wyoming by working with oil & gas operators to improve exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in the state, thereby securing employment and increasing the state’s revenue.

By providing vital assistance in the form of relevant technology, key information, technical expertise and knowledge, the EORI has proven to be an important asset. Take a look at how EORI serves Wyoming’s energy industry and adds value to the state.

Report on Mowry Shale Thermal Maturity Mapping

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute has completed a map of thermal maturity of the Mowry Shale in the Powder River Basin. 

Thermal maturity, the degree to which the total organic carbon in a formation has been transformed from kerogen to producible hydrocarbons due to heat and pressure, is an important measure for not just the quality of a source rock, but also helps for delineating areas more favorable for unconventional drilling. EORI’s report of thermal maturity of the Mowry Shale in the Powder River Basin provides a detailed map based on a large public Tmax data set.

Carbon Storage Newsletter

The Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) release July’s 2021 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.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

Programs included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act package would support the development of CCUS technologies in Wyoming that are one of the keys to revitalizing the state’s economy.

According to the bill, the package would allocate billions toward carbon capture, utilization, and storage efforts through 2026.  The influx of federal spending could boost Wyoming’s existing CCUS efforts, including the University of Wyoming’s CarbonSAFE sequestration project and other initiatives throughout the state.

Wyoming is CCUS Ready

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) has published the Wyoming is CCUS Ready! StoryMap highlighting Wyoming’s leadership in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in order to meet mid-century net-negative CO2 emissions.

The StoryMap highlights Wyoming’s preparedness for CCUS through infrastructure, geology and tax incentives. Wyoming is CCUS Ready! identifies financial and environmental benefits to Wyoming and the nation by utilizing CCUS technology.