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Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Point Sources Compared to Ambient Air Composition : Volume 14, Issue 8 (13/05/2014)

By Warneke, C.

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Title: Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Point Sources Compared to Ambient Air Composition : Volume 14, Issue 8 (13/05/2014)  
Author: Warneke, C.
Volume: Vol. 14, Issue 8
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Chemistry
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Edwards, P. M., Ryerson, T. B., Dube, W., Geiger, F., Roberts, J. M., Gilman, J.,...Graus, M. (2014). Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Point Sources Compared to Ambient Air Composition : Volume 14, Issue 8 (13/05/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. The emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with oil and natural gas production in the Uinta Basin, Utah were measured at a ground site in Horse Pool and from a NOAA mobile laboratory with PTR-MS instruments. The VOC compositions in the vicinity of individual gas and oil wells and other point sources such as evaporation ponds, compressor stations and injection wells are compared to the measurements at Horse Pool. High mixing ratios of aromatics, alkanes, cycloalkanes and methanol were observed for extended periods of time and short-term spikes caused by local point sources. The mixing ratios during the time the mobile laboratory spent on the well pads were averaged. High mixing ratios were found close to all point sources, but gas wells using dry-gas collection, which means dehydration happens at the well, were clearly associated with higher mixing ratios than other wells. Another large source was the flowback pond near a recently hydraulically re-fractured gas well. The comparison of the VOC composition of the emissions from the oil and natural gas wells showed that wet gas collection wells compared well with the majority of the data at Horse Pool and that oil wells compared well with the rest of the ground site data. Oil wells on average emit heavier compounds than gas wells. The mobile laboratory measurements confirm the results from an emissions inventory: the main VOC source categories from individual point sources are dehydrators, oil and condensate tank flashing and pneumatic devices and pumps. Raw natural gas is emitted from the pneumatic devices and pumps and heavier VOC mixes from the tank flashings.

Volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and natural gas industry in the Uinta Basin, Utah: point sources compared to ambient air composition

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