High winter ozone pollution from carbonyl photolysis in an oil and gas basin

  title={High winter ozone pollution from carbonyl photolysis in an oil and gas basin},
  author={Peter M. Edwards and Steven S. Brown and James M. Roberts and Ravan Ahmadov and Robert M. Banta and J. A. Degouw and William P. Dub{\'e} and Robert A. Field and James H. Flynn and Jessica B. Gilman and Martin Graus and Detlev Helmig and Abigail R. Koss and Andrew O'Neil Langford and Barry L. Lefer and Brian M. Lerner and Rui Li and Shao-Meng Li and Stuart Mckeen and Shane M. Murphy and David D. Parrish and C. Senff and Jeffrey Soltis and Jochen Stutz and Colm Sweeney and Chelsea R. Thompson and Michael K. Trainer and Catalina Tsai and Patrick R. Veres and Rebecca A Washenfelder and Carsten Warneke and R. J. Wild and Cora J. Young and Bin Yuan and Robert J. Zamora},
The United States is now experiencing the most rapid expansion in oil and gas production in four decades, owing in large part to implementation of new extraction technologies such as horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing. The environmental impacts of this development, from its effect on water quality to the influence of increased methane leakage on climate, have been a matter of intense debate. Air quality impacts are associated with emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO + NO2… 
Understanding high wintertime ozone pollution events in an oil- and natural gas-producing region of the western US
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Investigation of the influence of transport from oil and natural gas regions on elevated ozone levels in the northern Colorado front range
It is shown that there is a high abundance of transport events with elevated ozone originating from the Denver–Julesburg oil and natural gas basin, contributing to mounting evidence that air transport from areas with O&NG operation has a significant impact on ozone and air quality in the NCFR.
Anthropogenic Control Over Wintertime Oxidation of Atmospheric Pollutants
Using airborne observations, it is shown that 25-60% of NOx is converted to N2O5 via multiphase reactions between gas-phase nitrogen oxide reservoirs and aerosol particles, highlighting the control local anthropogenic emissions have on the oxidizing capacity of the polluted wintertime atmosphere.
Emissions from oil and gas operations in the United States and their air quality implications
  • D. Allen
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
  • 2016
Air quality impacts, specifically, changes in greenhouse gas, criteria air pollutant, and air toxics emissions from oil and gas production activities that are a result of these changes in energy supplies and use are examined.
Photochemical aging of volatile organic compounds associated with oil and natural gas extraction in the Uintah Basin, UT, during a wintertime ozone formation event
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High Ethylene and Propylene in an Area Dominated by Oil Production
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Daily Satellite Observations of Methane from Oil and Gas Production Regions in the United States
New measurements from the space-based TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) launched in 2017 are presented that show methane enhancements over production regions in the United States.
Impact of U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Emission Increases on Surface Ozone Is Most Pronounced in the Central United States
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Modeling the impact of a potential shale gas industry in Germany and the United Kingdom on ozone with WRF-Chem
Germany and the United Kingdom have domestic shale gas reserves which they may exploit in the future to complement their national energy strategies. However gas production releases volatile organic
Ozone pollution in the North China Plain spreading into the late-winter haze season
  • Ke Li, D. Jacob, S. Kuk
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2021
It is shown that the abrupt decrease in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions following the COVID-19 lockdown in January 2020 drove fast ozone production during winter haze events to levels approaching the air quality standard, illustrating a more general tendency from 2013 to 2019 of increasing winter–spring ozone in the North China Plain.


Anatomy of wintertime ozone associated with oil and natural gas extraction activity in Wyoming and Utah
Winter maximum daily 8-hour average (MDA8) ozone concentrations in the Upper Green River Basin, Wyoming (UGRBWY) and the Uintah Basin, Utah (UBUT) have frequently exceeded 100 ppb in January,
Ozone photochemistry in an oil and natural gas extraction region during winter: simulations of a snow-free season in the Uintah Basin, Utah
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Extensive regional atmospheric hydrocarbon pollution in the southwestern United States
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Hydrocarbon emissions characterization in the Colorado Front Range: A pilot study
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Source signature of volatile organic compounds from oil and natural gas operations in northeastern Colorado.
Comparisons of VOC concentrations at BAO to those of other U.S. cities and summertime measurements at two additional sites in northeastern Colorado show that the VOC source signature associated with O&NG operations can be clearly differentiated from urban sources dominated by vehicular exhaust.
Methane emissions estimate from airborne measurements over a western United States natural gas field
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A large atomic chlorine source inferred from mid-continental reactive nitrogen chemistry
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Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems
Methane emissions from U.S. and Canadian natural gas systems appear larger than official estimates, and global atmospheric CH4 concentrations are on the rise, with the causes still poorly understood.
Urban Ozone Control and Atmospheric Reactivity of Organic Gases
Control of selective organic gas species on the basis of reactivity can offer cost savings over traditional strategies and appear to be robust with respect to nationwide variations in environmental conditions and uncertainties in the atmospheric chemistry.