Wyoming Oil & Gas Facts

Production
Oil and gas production, 2000–2012. Production forecast 2013–2019.

Highlights U.S. HIGHLIGHTS

"The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the United States will be the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia." (EIA, 2013)

U.S. “monthly estimated domestic crude oil production exceeded crude oil imports in October for the first time since February 1995…” (EIA, 2013)

Oil

  • In 2013, Wyoming ranked eighth nationally in crude oil production. Almost 3 percent of U.S. crude oil production typically comes from Wyoming. (EIA, 2013)

  • Wyoming produced 63.2 million barrels of crude oil in 2013, up from 57.6 million barrels in 2012. (WOGCC, 2014)
     
  • In 2013, Campbell County was Wyoming’s leading producer of crude oil (13.0 million barrels), followed by Converse (8.0 million barrels) and Park (6.7 million barrels) counties. (WOGCC, 2014)
  • Converse County’s crude oil production increased by 2.7 million barrels from 2012 to 2013. (WOGCC, 2014)

  • Salt Creek was the most productive Wyoming oil field in 2013, producing over 4.1 million barrels. Total oil production from Salt Creek has been over 715.5 million barrels. (WOGCC, 2013)

  • Per the WOGCC, 798 oil wells currently have a permit-to-drill status. Of these 798, 522 are to be horizontal wells in Converse and Campbell counties. (WOGCC, 2013)

  • 453 new oil wells were spudded in 2013, up from 396 in 2012. 238 of the 453 new spuds are horizontal wells. 204 of the newly-spudded horizontal wells are in Converse and Campbell counties. (WOGCC, 2013)

Natural Gas

  • In 2012, Wyoming ranked fifth nationally in natural gas production. Almost 10 percent of U.S. crude oil production typically comes from Wyoming. (EIA, 2013)

  • Wyoming produced 2.1 billion MCF of natural gas in 2013, down from 2.2 billion MCF in 2012. (WOGCC, 2014)

  • In 2013, Sublette County produced 48.6 percent of the state’s natural gas (1,001,843,977 MCF). Sweetwater and Johnson counties were the 2nd and 3rd next-largest producing counties in 2013, producing 12.7 percent (263,083,741 MCF) and 10.2 percent (209,397,375 MCF) of the state’s total gas production, respectively. (WOGCC, 2014)

  • The Pinedale field was the most productive Wyoming natural gas field in 2013, producing over 496 million MCF. Total natural gas production from the Pinedale field has been more than 4.5 billion MCF. (WOGCC, 2014)

  • Wyoming CBNG production has been declining since 2009. However, the Powder River Basin CBNG fields were still second in 2013 with 312 million MCF of gas produced, accounting for 15.2 percent of the state’s total. (WOGCC, 2014)

  • Per the WOGCC, 609 non-coalbed natural gas wells currently have a permit-to-drill status. Of the 609, 465 are to be directional wells in Sublette and Sweetwater counties. (WOGCC, 2013)

  • 430 new non-coalbed natural gas wells were spudded in 2013, down from 484 in 2012. 370 of the 430 new spuds are directional wells in Sublette and Sweetwater counties. (WOGCC, 2013)

  • In December 2012, there were just over 10,200 producing CBNG wells in the Powder River Basin, a 44 percent decrease from the August 2008 peak of 18,308 producing CBNG wells. (WOGCC, 2013)

  • As of January 2014, the WOGCC reported 1254 orphaned wells in Wyoming. Over 99 percent (1245) of these orphan wells are CBNG wells and 93 percent (1166) are in Campbell County. (WOGCC, 2013)

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