Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Radio

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Oil And Gas Wastewater Linked To Ozone Pollution

Deer and antelope mingle in the Pinedale Anticline natural gas f

Every day, more than 2 billion gallons of water are produced in the US by the oil and gas industry. That water can contain hydrocarbons like benzene and toluene as well as the chemicals that are injected into the well to produce the oil and gas. But the federal government doesn’t treat waste from the oil and gas industry as hazardous, and much of that polluted wastewater is allowed to simply evaporate. That, it turns out, could be a problem. Continue Reading →

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Worker Dies At Wyoming Natural Gas Facility


A worker has died after an explosion at a natural gas storage tank in western Wyoming, bringing the number of oil and gas fatalities in Wyoming this year to at least two. Inside Energy recently explored what it takes to make dangerous industries safer in a series of stories called Dark Side of the Boom. Continue Reading →

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Dark Side Of The Boom: The Formula For Alaska’s Safety Success

The film crew of the Deadliest Catch trains for cold water survival.

The dangers of the Bering Sea crab fishery have been made famous by the reality TV show Deadliest Catch, but in the last 15 years, it’s become much safer, in large part thanks to collaboration between industry, scientists and regulators. We wondered: are there lessons that the oil and gas industry could learn from the crab industry’s safety gains? Continue Reading →

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Dark Side Of The Boom: Why Is Wyoming Safer?

An oil and gas worker pours a defoaming agent into the drill string.

For more than a decade, Wyoming has been among the most dangerous places in the nation for workers. Fatalities peaked in the late 2000s, at the height of the state’s natural gas drilling frenzy. The number of deaths has fallen in recent years, but has the safety culture changed, or did the drilling rigs just move on? Continue Reading →

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