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Officials kick off Uinta Basin pollution study
Environment » Researchers want to know why ozone rises so high in winter.

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The alliance, a trade group for the oil and gas industry whose members have around 15,000 oil and gas wells in Uintah and Duchesne counties, is kicking in more than $1 million cash for the studies, said Kathleen Sgamma, the group’s director of government and public affairs.

"Western Energy Alliance member companies have been studying air quality and taking measures to reduce air emissions in the Uinta Basin for years," she said in a news release. "Industry is serious about protecting air quality while continuing to develop domestic energy in the West, and proud to be a part of this vital study for advancing the scientific understanding of wintertime ozone."

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Who’s paying for the study?

The total cost of studying pollution in Utah’s oil and gas region is nearly $5.5 million. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is chipping in nearly $2 million. The Western Energy Alliance has promised $1.125 million. The state Department of Environmental Quality is chipping in $522,000, the Environmental Protection Agency is providing $100,000, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is contributing $122,000 and the Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Service District has pledged $1.38 million.

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