Hearings - Testimony
 
Full Committee Hearing
Oversight to review the permitting of Energy Projects
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
 
Ronald E. Hogan
General Manager Questar Exploration and Production Company

GOOD MORNING. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WHAT I BELIEVE IS ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST PRESSING ISSUES. SPECIFICALLY, WHAT THE DOMESTIC OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS DOING TO MEET OUR NATION’S GROWING ENERGY NEEDS AND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE AS AN INDUSTRY FACE IN MEETING THOSE NEEDS IN A SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER.

MY NAME IS RON HOGAN, GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE PINEDALE, WYOMING DIVISION OF QUESTAR MARKET RESOURCES – A SUBSIDIARY OF SALT LAKE CITY-BASED QUESTAR CORPORATION, A $5.7 BILLION NATURAL GAS-FOCUSED ENERGY COMPANY. I AM AN ENGINEER BY TRAINING, HAVE WORKED WITH QUESTAR FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS AND HAVE SUPPORTED THE PINEDALE PROJECT FOR FIVE YEARS.

QUESTAR IS AN INDEPENDENT ENERGY PRODUCER COMMITTED TO RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL GAS THROUGHOUT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST AND IN OTHER PRODUCING BASINS IN THE COUNTRY. THIS YEAR QUESTAR AFFILIATES WILL SAFELY PRODUCE MORE THAN 150 BILLION CUBIC FEET EQUIVALENT NET OF NATURAL GAS AND LIQUIDS AND PROVIDE RELIABLE, DOMESTIC ENERGY IN THE FORM OF NATURAL GAS TO MORE THAN 800,000 CUSTOMERS IN UTAH, WYOMING AND IDAHO.

I’M HERE TODAY TO SHARE A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE SIGNIFICANT EFFORT QUESTAR IS EXPENDING TO DEVELOP NATURAL GAS RESERVES AT ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT NATURAL GAS FIELDS IN THE LOWER-48 – THE PINEDALE FIELD IN WESTERN WYOMING. SPECIFICALLY, I’D LIKE TO DESCRIBE OUR EFFORTS TO OBTAIN PERMISSION TO MODIFY OUR OPERATIONS IN ORDER TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TO LEVELS SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW EXISTING REGULATIONS, WHILE INCREASING WORKER SAFETY AND STABILIZING OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

BEFORE I PROCEED, I’D AGAIN LIKE TO THANK THIS COMMITTEE FOR HOSTING THIS FORUM. THE ABUNDANT AND RELIABLE DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES OUR COUNTRY ENJOYS ARE CLEARLY VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

OUR APPROACH TO THE PROJECT, INCLUDING SOME OF THE SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS I’LL DESCRIBE SHORTLY, MAY OR MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE TO OTHER OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, BUT PERHAPS OUR EXPERIENCE CAN HELP THIS COMMITTEE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACING THE DOMESTIC OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IN TODAY’S COMPLEX REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT.

PINEDALE OVERVIEW AND PREVIOUS OPERATING CONDITIONS

PINEDALE IS A SMALL, DYNAMIC COMMUNITY IN SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYOMING WITH A POPULATION UNDER 2,000. LOCATED ABOUT AN HOUR SOUTH OF JACKSON HOLE IN THE UPPER GREEN RIVER BASIN, PINEDALE IS KNOWN FOR ITS RICH OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND WESTERN HOSPITALITY.

RECENTLY, PINEDALE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA HAS BECOME KNOWN AS MUCH FOR WHAT’S BENEATH THE GROUND AS FOR WHAT’S ON THE SURFACE. ACCORDING TO CURRENT ESTIMATES, THERE ARE OVER TWENTY TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF RECOVERABLE NATURAL GAS IN THE PINEDALE ANTICLINE, WHICH IS ABOUT ONE YEAR’S SUPPLY OF NATURAL GAS FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. IN FACT, NATURAL GAS FROM THIS SUBSURFACE GEOLOGICAL FEATURE CURRENTLY PROVIDES MORE THAN TWO PERCENT OF THE NATION’S ENTIRE NATURAL GAS SUPPLY, A FIGURE THAT WILL INCREASE IN FUTURE YEARS AS THE FIELD IS DEVELOPED. IT’S ALSO USEFUL TO NOTE THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT CLEAN NATURAL GAS IN THIS COUNTRY TO MEET OUR ENERGY NEEDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE THE DETERMINATION AND WILL TO RECOVER IT IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY.

QUESTAR KNOWS WYOMING AND PINEDALE WELL. WE’VE BEEN EXPLORING FOR, PRODUCING, TRANSPORTING AND DISTRIBUTING NATURAL GAS IN THE STATE FOR MORE THAN EIGHTY YEARS AND DRILLED OUR FIRST WELL IN PINEDALE IN 1963.

EARLY WELLS AT PINEDALE WERE PRETTY ANEMIC. WE KNEW THERE WAS LOTS OF GAS IN THE GROUND, BUT WE COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT OUT. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN THE EARLY NINETIES ALLOWED ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF GAS FROM SO-CALLED “TIGHT GAS SAND” RESERVOIRS, SPAWNING A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN DEVELOPMENT OF UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS ACCUMULATIONS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY DEEMED UNECONOMIC. BY 1997, WE BEGAN TO REALIZE PINEDALE’S TRUE POTENTIAL, BUT SINCE MOST OF OUR LEASEHOLD THERE WAS ON FEDERAL LAND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF OUR ACTIVITY NEEDED TO BE THROUGHLY EVALUATED BEFORE WE COULD BEGIN FULL-SCALE DEVELOPMENT.

IN JULY 2000, THE PINEDALE FIELD OFFICE OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PUBLISHED AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND A RECORD OF DECISION THAT OUTLINED THE GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT ON THE PINEDALE ANTICLINE. THIS RECORD OF DECISION WAS THE RESULT OF A COMPREHENSIVE PROCESS UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT THAT INCLUDED SIGNFICANT PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT. QUESTAR PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROCESS AND, EVEN THOUGH OUR LEASES DATE BACK TO THE EARLY 1950s AND WERE NOT ISSUED WITH ANY RESTRICTIONS OR STIPULATIONS, WE AGREED TO DEVELOP OUR PINEDALE ACREAGE IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE ESTABLISHED RESTRICTIONS.

AMONG THE MANY GUIDELINES IMPOSED BY THE RECORD OF DECISION WAS A RESTRICTION THAT PROHIBITED DRILLING OPERATIONS DURING WINTER MONTHS TO MINIMIZE POSSIBLE DISRUPTION TO WINTERING DEER HERDS, OTHER WILDLIFE AND THEIR HABITAT.

TO MEET THESE RESTRICTIONS, QUESTAR WAS FORCED INTO A CONDENSED, SUMMER-ONLY DRILLING AND CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE. THIS REQUIRED US TO OPERATE AS MANY AS FIFTEEN DRILLING RIGS AT ONCE TO DRILL ONLY TWENTY-FIVE WELLS DURING THE SUMMER SEASON. UNDER THESE RESTRICTIONS, WE PROJECTED IT WOULD TAKE NEARLY TWO DECADES JUST TO FULLY DEVELOP THE GAS RESERVES AVAILABLE ON OUR ACREAGE, THEREBY SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYING THE DELIVERY OF A MUCH NEEDED GAS SUPPLY TO OUR CUSTOMERS.

WHILE OPERATING WITHIN THESE RESTRICTIONS, WE WITNESSED SOME OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE SUMMER-ONLY DRILLING AND CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE.

FOR INSTANCE, THE SHORTENED SEASON MADE IT UNFEASIBLE AND COST-PROHIBITIVE TO APPLY AVAILABLE DISTURBANCE-LIMITING TECHNOLOGIES LIKE DIRECTIONALLY DRILLING MULTIPLE WELLS FROM A SINGLE WELL PAD.

ALSO, IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR US AND OUR CONTRACTORS TO HIRE, TRAIN AND RETAIN QUALITY EMPLOYEES DUE TO THE SEASONAL, PART TIME NATURE OF THE WORK. THIS, IN TURN, CREATED AN ANNUAL BOOM-AND-BUST ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY AS EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS FLOODED THE AREA IN THE SUMMER – DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE TOURISM SEASON – AND DISAPPEARED IN THE WINTER MONTHS WHEN LOCAL BUSINESSES COULD MOST USE THE REVENUE.

AND, PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, WINTER RESTRICTIONS MADE BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION MEASURES ECONOMICALLY UNATTRACTIVE OR, IN MANY CASES, PHYSICALLY UNATTAINABLE. FOR INSTANCE, THE SEASONAL ACTIVITY REQUIRED US TO USE MORE WELL PADS TO QUICKLY DRILL VERTICAL WELLS, THEREBY CREATING MORE SURFACE DISTURBANCE OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO MANAGE IMPACT ON WILDLIFE AND HABITAT.

WE DID NOT FEEL THESE UNINTENDEND CONSEQUENCES WERE THE GOAL OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT’S RECORD OF DECISION. THEREFORE, QUESTAR VOLUNTARILY OFFERED TO THE BLM TO ENGAGE IN A MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EFFORT TO EXPLORE WAYS THAT WE COULD:

- LEVERAGE THE BENEFITS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY;
- MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS;
- ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF OPERATIONS;
- STABILIZE IMPACT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY; AND,
- MEET OR EXCEED THE ESTABLISHED GOALS FOR PROTECTION OF LOCAL WILDLIFE AND HABITAT.

RATIONALE FOR YEAR ROUND OPERATIONS

THE FIRST STEP IN OUR EFFORT WAS TO SUBMIT A REQUEST TO THE BLM FOR A PERMIT TO OPERATE ONE DRILLING RIG DURING THE WINTER OF 2002-2003. THIS VERY LIMITED, ONE-YEAR REQUEST WOULD ALLOW US TO GAIN VALUABLE SCIENTIFIC DATA AND TECHNICAL INSIGHT INTO WHETHER A YEAR ROUND DEVELOPMENT APPROACH COULD HELP AVOID THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF SUMMER-ONLY RESTRICTIONS.

IN ADDITION, WE ALSO VOLUNTARILY AGREED TO FUND A STUDY THAT WOULD HELP DETERMINE THE REAL IMPACT, IF ANY, OF NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT ON WINTERING DEER POPULATIONS. SINCE THERE WAS VIRTUALLY NO SCIENTIFIC DATA AVAILABLE, THIS STUDY – INDEPENDENTLY CONDUCTED BY BIOLOGISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING AND WYOMING GAME AND FISH – WOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION WILDLIFE MANAGERS NEEDED TO MAKE SCIENCE-BASED DECISIONS IN THE FUTURE. FURTHERMORE, THE DATA GATHERED MIGHT OPEN UP NEW OPTIONS FOR BENEFICIAL WILDLIFE AND HABITAT MITIGATION PROGRAMS.

OUR REQUEST FOR AN EXCEPTION TO THE WINTER DRILLING RESTRICTIONS WAS APPROVED BY THE BLM FOR THE WINTER OF 2002-2003, AS WAS A SIMILAR REQUEST FOR A ONE RIG, ONE WINTER EXCPETION FOR 2003-2004.

ON APRIL 15, 2004, WE FORMALLY SUBMITTED A COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSAL FOR LONG-TERM YEAR ROUND OPERATIONS, WITH CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS, ON QUESTAR’S ACREAGE. THIS PROPOSAL WAS BASED ON THOROUGH INTERNAL ANALYSIS, A TRACK RECORD IN THE FIELD FROM TWO WINTER SEASONS AND NEWLY AVAILABLE SCIENTIFIC DATA.

BENEFITS OF YEAR ROUND OPERATIONS

I WANT TO PROVIDE SOME QUICK HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROPOSAL SO YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF THE SCOPE OF OUR REQUEST.

- FIRST, WE PROPOSED INVESTING MORE THAN $200 MILLION IN DIRECTIONAL DRILLING – THAT’S $200 MILLION MORE THAN WOULD TYPICALLY BE INVESTED TO DEVELOP THIS RESOURCE. THIS DIRECTIONAL DRILLING TECHNOLOGY, COMMON IN OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT, ALLOWS US TO REACH MULTIPLE UNDERGROUND LOCATIONS FROM A SINGLE PAD, THEREBY GREATLY MINIMIZING SURFACE DISTURBANCES AND ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE BENEFITS OF DIRECTIONAL DRILLING CAN ONLY BE REALIZED BY CONDUCTING DRILLING OPERATIONS YEAR ROUND. REMOVING RIGS EACH WINTER AND REOCCUPYING THE SAME LOCATION THE FOLLOWING SPRING FORCES ENLARGEMENT OF THE SURFACE PADS FOR SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL REASONS, EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATING ANY BENEFITS ACHIEVED FROM THIS COSTLY APPROACH.

- SECOND, WE PROPOSED EXPANDING BOTH THE SCOPE AND DURATION OF THE ONGOING DEER STUDY. INFORMATION GATHERED DURING WINTER OPERATIONS SHOULD PROVIDE WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND INDUSTRY WITH THE SCIENTIFIC DATA NECESSARY TO HELP DESIGN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT MINIMIZE DISRUPTION TO WILDLIFE AND HABITATS.

- THIRD, WE PROPOSED BUILDING A $25 MILLION WATER AND CONDENSATE PIPELINE SYSTEM. THESE PIPELINES WOULD GATHER AND TRANSPORT THE PRODUCED WATER AND CONDENSATE – A LIQUID HYDROCARBON VERY SIMILAR TO GASOLINE THAT COMES OUT OF THE GROUND WITH THE NATURAL GAS – OFF THE WINTER HABITAT AREA. THIS PIPELINE SYSTEM ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR TRANSPORT OF THESE PRODUCTS BY TANKER TRUCKS WHICH, IN THE ABSENCE OF THE PIPELINE, WOULD HAVE TO VISIT THE FIELD YEAR ROUND, TRAVELING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF WILDLIFE HABITAT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. IN FACT, WE ESTIMATE THAT AT PEAK PRODUCTION FROM JUST OUR ACREAGE, THIS SYSTEM WILL ELIMINATE MORE THAN 25,000 TANKER TRUCK VISITS IN A SINGLE YEAR. THE RESULT WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC AND AIR EMISSIONS FROM LEVELS ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED BY THE BLM.

- FOURTH, WE ELIMINATED THE NEED FOR FLARING DURING OUR WELL COMPLETION OPERATIONS. FLARING IS USED TO CLEAN UP THE PRODUCTION STREAM FROM NEW WELLS TO REMOVE THE WATER AND SAND WE USE DURING THE COMPLETION PROCESS. WE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO TRAP ALL THE WATER AND SAND IN CLOSED CONTAINERS WHILE SENDING THE GAS STRAIGHT TO THE SALES PIPELINE, THEREBY ELIMINATING NOISE AND LIKELY ADDITIONAL LOCAL AIR QUALITY IMPACTS.

- LASTLY, WE INVESTED IN THE LITTLE THINGS ESSENTIAL FOR A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE OPERATION. THESE INCLUDED BUSING OUR CONTRACTOR’S EMPLOYEES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AND TRUCKING NECESSARY MATERIALS IN BULK TO THE RIGS IN THE FALL TO DECREASE TRAFFIC IN WINTERING WILDLIFE AREAS.

IN SUMMARY, OUR PROPOSAL INCLUDED INVESTMENTS OF MORE THAN $200 MILLION IN ON-SITE MITIGATION AND OUTLINED AN APPROACH THAT WAS SCIENTIFICALLY BASED AND FIELD-TESTED. THESE INVESTMENTS FURTHER MINIMIZE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF OUR DEVELOPMENT AND OFFER SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS OVER THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE 2000 PINEDALE RECORD OF DECISION.

NEIGHBOR-2-NEIGHBOR APPROACH TO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

TO FACILITATE A THOROUGH REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF OUR PROPOSAL WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL BLM OFFICIALS, BIOLOGISTS AND EXPERTS FROM WYOMING GAME AND FISH AND OTHER ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS. WE RECEIVED FORMAL SUPPORT OF OUR PROPOSAL FROM WYOMING’S GOVERNOR DAVE FREUDENTHAL, THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT, U.S. SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS, WYOMING STATE REPRESENTATIVES MONTE OLSEN AND STAN COOPER, PINEDALE MAYOR ROSE SKINNER, AS WELL AS THE SUBLETTE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE NORTH AMERICAN GROUSE PARTNERSHIP AND TROUT UNLIMITED.

WE ALSO RECOGNIZED THAT THE PINEDALE COMMUNITY NEEDED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. IN NOVEMBER OF 2003, NEARLY SIX MONTHS BEFORE FORMALLY SUBMITTING OUR PROPOSAL TO THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, WE LAUNCHED OUR “NEIGHBOR-2-NEIGHBOR” OUTREACH PROGRAM. THIS EFFORT OPERATED ON A SIMPLE PREMISE – WE WOULD MEET ANYTIME, ANY WHERE WITH ANYONE TO DISCUSS OUR PLANS, LAY OUT THE RATIONALE OF OUR PROPOSAL, LISTEN TO FEEDBACK, AND WORK COOPERATIVELY TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE OUR PROPOSAL EVEN BETTER.

WE ALSO RECOGNIZED THAT IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH TRUST AND CREDIBILITY, THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT NEEDED TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED AND VISIBLE IN THE COMMUNITY.

BY THE TIME WE FORMALLY SUBMITTED OUR PROPOSAL IN APRIL 2004, WE HOSTED MORE THAN 150 DISCUSSIONS AND MET WITH MORE THAN 500 INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS. THESE MEETINGS NOT ONLY ALLOWED US TO SHARE TIMELY INFORMATION, THEY ALSO GENERATED NEW IDEAS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO OUR PROPOSAL. FOR INSTANCE, BUILDING THE CONDENSATE AND WATER PIPELINES AND INCLUDING FLARELESS COMPLETIONS AS PART OF OUR EFFORTS WERE, IN LARGE PART, DUE TO INPUT RECEIVED FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

WE FOUND THIS PROACTIVE APPROACH, WHICH WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND MANDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT, ALLOWED US OPPORTUNITIES TO ESTABLISH STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS, CORRECT ANY MISPERCEPTIONS THAT EXISTED AND EDUCATE EVERYONE ON HOW BEST TO SHARE THEIR FEEDBACK WITH OFFICIALS TASKED WITH MAKING THE FINAL DECISION.

CURRENT STATUS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

IN NOVEMBER 2004, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT OFFICIALLY APPROVED OUR REQUEST FOR SITE-SPECIFIC, LIMITED YEAR ROUND OPERATIONS WITH SIX RIGS DRILLING WELLS FROM THREE SURFACE PADS DURING THE WINTER. WITH THIS APPROVAL, WE ARE NOW WORKING TO DELIVER THE MANY BENEFITS I DESCRIBED EARLIER, INCLUDING: REDUCED SURFACE DISTURBANCE, REDUCED DURATION OF DRILLING OPERATIONS, REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, GENERATION OF BENEFICIAL SCIENTIFIC DATA, ENHANCED SAFETY AND STABILIZED IMPACT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

I AM PROUD OF QUESTAR’S PINEDALE PROJECT. OUR COMPANY HAS COMMITTED TO INVEST OVER $200 MILLION DOLLARS TO ACHIEVE BENEFITS SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE AND BEYOND THOSE REQUIRED BY EXISTING REGULATIONS. MANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF HOURS AND HAVE STEPPED WAY OUTSIDE NORMAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

BUT EVEN WITH THIS COMMITMENT, OUR PROPOSAL IS CONSTANTLY AT RISK OF NOT BECOMING A REALITY. WE CONTINUE TO GET BOGGED DOWN IN A COMPLEX WEB OF OVERLAPPING JURISDICTIONS AND A MAZE OF REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS THAT MANY TIMES SIMPLY DEFY LOGIC. WHEN YOU ADD TO THE EQUATION THOSE THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REGULATORY COMPLEXITY TO DELAY, LITIGATE AND OBSTRUCT ANY ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, AT TIMES IT’S TEMPTING TO GIVE UP. BUT WE DON’T WANT TO, BECAUSE THE BENEFITS OF SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROJECT ARE A WIN-WIN-WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE COMMUNITY, AND THE NATION, WHICH DESPARATELY NEEDS THE BENEFITS OF DOMESTICALLY DEVELOPED CLEAN NATURAL GAS.

ON BEHALF OF QUESTAR’S ENTIRE PINEDALE PROJECT TEAM AND OUR NEIGHBORS IN WYOMING, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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