Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Research article
31 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 31 Mar 2015

Influence of oil and gas field operations on spatial and temporal distributions of atmospheric non-methane hydrocarbons and their effect on ozone formation in winter

R. A. Field, J. Soltis, M. C. McCarthy, S. Murphy, and D. C. Montague


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AR by Robert Field on behalf of the Authors (11 Feb 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Feb 2015) by Paul Monks
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Mar 2015) by Paul Monks
AR by Robert Field on behalf of the Authors (16 Mar 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Emissions from oil and natural gas development in the Upper Green River basin of Wyoming are known to drive wintertime ozone production. Fugitive emissions of natural gas and condensate provide sufficient non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) to promote episodic ozone formation. A water treatment and recycling facility was identified as a significant source of NMHC, including toluene and m+p-xylene. Emissions from this facility have a strong influence upon peak ozone measured at downwind sites.
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