The petroleum industry has been exploring for oil and gas in Wyoming for more than 130 years. In 1884, the first oil well was drilled southeast of present day Lander. Wyoming’s first refinery was in Casper in 1895. The first crude oil pipeline was constructed in 1911.
Wyoming Severance Taxes
Oil and natural gas production paid more than $633 million in severance taxes in 2011 (65 percent of all severance taxes paid by Wyoming minerals produced).
Wyoming Labor Statistics
What does the oil and gas energy sector mean for the Wyoming workforce
- 26,000 jobs in 2011 were supported by this industry
- $2.1 billion contribution to WY labor income
- $2.4 billion contribution to WY economy
U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
Today, the oil and natural gas industry supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to the U.S. government, and since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
The WSGS maps occurrences of oil and natural gas in fields within the state, does research that helps find new occurrences of oil and natural gas, and projects prices and production of oil and natural gas for Wyoming revenue estimates.
- Oil and Gas Development Areas
- WSGS Wyoming Oil and Gas Map
- WSGS Oil and Gas Resources Summary Report
- Wyoming Public Service Commission
- Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
- Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
- Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division
- Western Area Power Administration
- The History of the Oil Business
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