Clean air is essential to human health and a
high quality of life for all.
We work to ensure favorable air quality conditions persist and we also work to improve
air quality in areas in the state where it has been degraded.
Inadequately regulated fossil fuel development threatens our health, contributes to global climate change, and impairs the sweeping vistas we still enjoy across Wyoming’s vast open spaces. We advance common-sense, proactive air pollution policies — many of which the state, to its credit, has adopted. Some of these policies, which can and should be strengthened, address the wasteful practices of venting and flaring of natural gas. Other policies require best practices in order to detect and capture fugitive emissions from oil and gas infrastructure. Today, these leak detection and repair best practices are only applicable in one region of the state. We’re working to see them applied to the entire state, especially as we anticipate thousands of new oil and gas wells being drilled in the coming years.
LATEST FIELD NOTES, NEWS, & ACTIONS
Whether you ranch, farm, hunt, fish, or ski, there is a season for most things in Wyoming. But there are some seasons that we could do without. Topping that list is “winter ozone season” in the Upper Green River Basin of Sublette County.
A change in federal administrations — and the policies that follow — is cause for either excitement or anxiety depending on how you voted. And for good reason: Elections have consequences. National policies affect our health, our economy, and our environment. And in Wyoming, where nearly half of the land is managed by the federal government, national policies have a disproportionate impact.
On Wednesday, July 15, we received some good news. In a series of challenges that have been ongoing for nearly four years, a federal district court in California found that the Bureau of Land Management illegally repealed a 2016 rule designed to improve air quality,...
Comments, letters, & other documents
DEC. 17, 2019 | LETTER
Funding for Ozone Compliance Inspectors in the Upper Green River Basin
MAR. 2018 | REPORT
Wyoming Natural Gas Waste Report
OCT. 26, 2015 | COMMENTS
DEQ, Air Quality Division, update to oil and gas production facilities
AUG. 25, 2015 | MEMORANDUM
Cost effectiveness of conducting quarterly LDAR
APR. 13, 2015 | COMMENTS
Feb. 2015 Proposed Revisions to DEQ, Air Quality Division, Requirements for existing oil and gas production facilities or sources in Upper Green River Basin
MAR. 17, 2015 | COMMENTS
EPA’s Proposed Revisions to 8-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone
DEC. 1, 2014 | COMMENTS
Oct. 2014 Proposed Revisions to DEQ, Air Quality Division, requirements for existing oil and gas production facilities or sources in Upper Green River Basin
JUL. 11, 2014 | COMMENTS
DEQ/AQD Proposed Requirements for existing oil and gas production facilities/sources in the Upper Green River Basin
MAR. 2013 | COMMENTS
DEQ, Air Quality Division, Upper Green River Basin Ozone Strategy