Hess Gift of $4.4M to Boost UW Energy Research

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Hess Gift of $4.4M to Boost UW Energy Research

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A multi-million-dollar corporate donation will help scientists at the University of Wyoming take an extremely close look at oil and gas deposits. Gov. Matt Mead and university officials announced the $4.4 million donation from the New York City-based Hess Corp. on Friday. State funding will match the donation.

The money will go toward equipment to study oil and gas deposits at the nano scale. That's an even smaller scale than microscopic. Nano resolution means being able to look at objects smaller than a virus. Mohammad Piri with the UW School of Energy Resources says imaging at that scale can help scientists better understand how oil and gas flows through rock. That in turn could help oil and gas companies discover new extraction techniques.

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