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Bozeman photonics company to receive $100K EPA grant

Posted: 1:32 PM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-09 15:32:57-05

BOZEMAN, Mont. – According to an announcement from U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ office, Bridger Photonics in Bozeman will receive a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The grant will be used to fund the development of technology that will facilitate the discovery of leaks in oil and gas wells.

“The technology being developed at Bridger Photonics will help oil and gas wells be more efficient while also better protecting the environment,” Daines said. “I’m glad that the EPA recognized the good work being done at this Montana business and awarded them this funding.”

“This EPA funding allows us to develop technology to map out, pinpoint, and quantify methane leaks throughout the natural gas value chain using drones. This is a rare opportunity to save the oil and gas industry money while helping reduce a powerful greenhouse gas,” Bridger Photonics President and CEO Pete Roos said.

The $100,000 to Bridger Photonics is part of $1.7 million that the EPA is awarding to 16 small businesses. The award comes EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which encourages the development of technologies that support EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.