Permission has been granted for a special lease for development of a new methane and helium recovery facility in the US, with a meeting scheduled to raise any public concerns or objections.

The State of Wyoming has granted Cimarex Energy Inc. (Cimarex) a Wyoming Special Use Lease for development of a new methane and helium recovery facility to be located on State lands near Riley Ridge, east of Big Piney.

The project would test new technology in processing a sour gas (mixture of hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, and helium).

The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office (BLM) is asking the public for help identifying concerns over support facilities for the development of the new methane and helium recovery facility (M&HRF) located on approximately 618 acres of BLM, state and private lands.

The hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sour gas processing would then be re-injected back into the rock formation, to protect human health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions usually associated with of this type gas field.

The project would then provide natural gas and helium to consumers.