WOGCC Hosts Region 8 UIC Managers Meeting

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was host of the Region 8 UIC Manager's Meeting.  Attendees are made up of Underground Injection Control (UIC) program managers and staff from EPA Region 8 and the region 8 states.  The annual meetings discuss issues and topics related to UIC within the region as wells as receiving an update from each program on activity over the past year.  

UIC Region 8 Managers Meeting Field Tour

This year, there were 25 participants in the three day session, which included staff from WOGCC and DEQ,  and representation from North Dakota and Fort Peck, Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and Montana as well as the EPA  Region 8 offices in Denver, CO.  

During each meeting the organizing state tries to include outside speakers to present on interesting topics that are related to UIC.  Sarah Young, Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority spoke on Wyoming's Integrated Test Center and the Carbon XPrize. Kipp Coddington, Director of Energy Policy & Economics and the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources focused on Wyoming’s plans for storing CO2 into the subsurface including both EOR and saline formations while Dr. Benjamin Cook from Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute presented on the state’s CO2 demand and economics.

The last day of the session usually incorporates a field tour somewhere in the hosting state that pertains to UIC programs.  Aethon Energy graciously hosted the group on a tour of their reverse osmosis plant and their Marlin injection well in the Moneta Divide. The tour wrapped up with a visit to Castle Gardens and its unique petroglyphs and ended a very successful event.