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Keeping H2S from Big Piney

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012

I congratulate the people of Big Piney for asking the right questions and seeking the right answers for their own safety. The recent H2S sweetening plant proposal is not new to Big Piney. In the early 1980s, they faced two, one associated with Exxon's LaBarge/Riley Ridge Project. As I recall, Exxon was committed to having it near Big Piney. Exxon, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service were conducting joint and in-depth analysis of alternatives. Safety and air quality were the big issues, with Exxon experts trying to convince everyone it would be O.K. It took guts, but Reid Jackson, legendary Bridger Teton Forest Supervisor, stood his ground and refused to take the chance and stated he would not gamble or compromise pubic safety or air quality of the wilderness area. Exxon elected to move it to Shute Creek and design a pipeline to transport the H2S 60 miles, an unprecedented engineering achievement. I participated in many meetings to route the H2S pipeline so no one in Sublette County would be at risk, and Exxon fully cooperated with expertise for how to do it. The second sweetening plant was American Quesar, as I recall, but it never advanced beyond the thinking stage. Many citizens of Big Piney are knowledgeable of oil field operations and associated hazards, and I congratulate their involvement and decision to not take the corporate sales pitch.

Don Schramm, Rock Springs

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