December 13, 2023

Air Quality in Utah’s Oil Country

In eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin, air quality is a complicated issue. Oil and natural gas are key parts of Utah’s economy, but they also create heavy concentrations of wintertime ozone.

On Thursday, November 9, Dr. Seth Lyman explored this relationship during a USU Research Landscapes presentation held in Salt Lake City.

Lyman is the director of the Bingham Research Center, which was established in 2010 in the basin to monitor ozone and other air quality concerns. It has come to play an important role in researching and reporting on the intersection between air quality and the energy industry.

Research Landscapes is an event series hosted by the Utah State University Office of Research and sponsored by O.C. Tanner. The series connects decision-makers across the Wasatch Front with the researchers exploring Utah’s land, water, and air.

Seth Lyman standing by a podium

Seth Lyman presenting

Seth Lyman presenting with slides

Audience members at presentation