Utah’s Air Quality, Energy Production Discussed at Latest Research Landscapes

November 15, 2023

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, Nov. 9, Seth Lyman explored this relationship during a USU Research Landscapes presentation in Salt Lake City.

The good news, Lyman said, is the problem is getting better. Although high ozone is still above federal standards in the basin, researchers have seen a steady decline in high ozone days each winter.