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Oil & Gas

Large reserves of oil and natural gas underlie many areas of Wyoming. Ancient seas once blanketed the region, leaving behind organic-rich rocks that under ideal temperatures and pressures later formed Wyoming's oil and natural gas deposits.

The abundance of Wyoming’s oil and natural gas resources has placed the state among the leading national producers of these energy sources, while also benefiting Wyoming’s natural gas resources are estimated to generate more than $682 million in 2015 state severance taxes. In 2015, the industry provided approximately 20,400 jobs to oil and gas workers, as reported by Research and Planning, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

An important role of the Wyoming State Geological Survey is to investigate the Earth’s geologic record to provide responsible energy development in the future. WSGS geologists work to identify oil and gas fields in the state’s basins, document and characterize the producing formations, and provide a wide array of audiences with current and relevant information on Wyoming’s oil and gas resources.

The WSGS provides an online Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming.

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