grants permits for new Ozone plants
A new company, O-Zone Air Products Inc,
has been permitted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
to build six new ozone harvesting plants around
the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming.
In a statement
issued today, the BLM is calling for the removal of all NOx
and VOCs reduction devices on equipment operating in the Pinedale
Anticline Project Area (PAPA) and
gas fields south of Pinedale.
These devices are used to capture and
neutralize combustion emissions which are released into the air
in the natural
drilling and production process. These chemical compounds
then react with sunlight and oxygen to create ozone, commonly
Repeated incidents of high ozone levels in the Upper Green
River Valley have caused the BLM and the Department of Environmental
place more and more restrictions on industry to eliminate
ozone, because exposure can cause health issues in sensitive
years of increasingly tighter restrictions, the BLM has ordered
the removal of Selective Catalytic Reduction
(SCR) equipment from natural gas drilling rigs
and processing facilities in Wyoming and is now allowing, and
encouraging, those emissions to occur.
“Who would have
thought the government would ask us to make MORE ozone in the
Upper Green River Valley,” a gas industry representative
said. But that’s exactly what is happening.
Thanks to a
new process that uses ozone to make energy, the Bureau of Land
now sees ozone as an resource with economic value
and of national importance, rather than a pollutant. Scientists
are calling ozone “the energy source of the future.” It
is renewable and nothing has to change from the way the industrial
today in order to produce more of it. Ozone is expected to replace
nuclear power for energy
“The ozone you have here in Sublette
County is very special,” the
industry representative said. “It is different from ordinary big city smog.
There is something about the high altitude and cold weather formation that makes
a particularly pure form of ozone that packs an incredible energy punch. The
BTUs from that stuff is astonishing and the profit margins are ten times that
of oil or natural gas.”
"We have a lot of experience now
in 'doing it right' in energy development, so we are confident
won't be a problem," a BLM spokeswoman said. "Sublette
County has always been a big player in helping
America's growing demand for energy. These new plants will go far
to help make the country more energy independent."
ozone you have here in Sublette County is very special.” -
Ozone harvesting plants, commonly called "sponge
plants," will be located just upwind of Boulder, Pinedale,
Big Piney, Daniel, Cora and Bondurant. Each plant
will employ 60 workers to monitor the ozone collection equipment
and fill the storage tanks. The
ozone will then be pumped into tanker trucks and shipped to
ozone power plants
which are being built around the world. The plants are able
to use the ozone, combined with certain other ingredients which
are proprietary, to make heat and power. Initially, the ozone
will be shipped out by truck. Eventually, new pressurized pipelines
will be laid
to pump the ozone to central collection facilities located closer
to major transportation corridors.
The O-Zone Air Products plants
will be designed to
suck the ozone directly out of the air and process it. Strategically
located, they will purify the air right before it reaches population
centers. "They are like giant ozone vacuum cleaners,"
the BLM said.
the construction of the new sponge plants in high ozone areas,
EPA has announced new "geographic-based" acceptable
air quality standards for ozone levels, which are adjusted according
to proximity to populated areas. "This is truly Adaptive Management,"
the BLM said.
Estimates for tax revenue
generated to the Federal, state, county and local town government
coffers are still very preliminary, but
it is expected to dwarf what is currently
being brought in from oil and natural gas production in the area.
“This will bump oil and natural
gas down to secondary products for us," the industry spokesperson
said. "Like many other resources in this special valley, Sublette
County has a
resource right in its own backyard,”