Speaking on Business: Utah State University Bingham Research Center
For the USU Bingham Research Center, their work takes place at the intersection of energy and the environment.
This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
The focus for the Utah State University Bingham Research Center in Vernal is to analyze the air we breathe, which is critical to our health and our economy, so we must keep it free of pollutants. Improving air quality in the Uintah Basin is important and so is the oil and gas industry that drives the economy.
Seth Lyman, director of the USU Bingham Research Center, says their work takes place at the intersection of energy and the environment. Like the Wasatch Front, the Uintah Basin is shaped like a bowl, and during the winter months, inversions happen frequently, which trap pollutants near the ground and affect air quality. They use high-precision equipment to measure toxins in the air and other meteorological factors, and their data has contributed to numerous local, national and international studies.
The team at the USU Bingham Research Center are experts in the ecology of the Uintah Basin. In addition to daily air quality measurements, they also research soil reclamation, compounds in the ecosystem and threatened and endangered species. They’re engaged in projects to measure emissions of organic compounds from oil and gas sources, with the idea of filling gaps in the current understanding and recommending critical improvements.
You can find out more at binghamresearch.usu.edu.
The Speaking on Business program is now in its twentieth year.
For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.