Summary Reports

2015

Wyoming’s Coal Resources

Wyoming’s Coal Resources
Wyoming produces more coal than the next six top coal-producing states combined. In 2013, Wyoming’s 18 coal mines produced more than 388 million tons, nearly 40 percent of the nation’s coal.

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources
The year 2014 was one of growth for Wyoming’s oil sector while natural gas continued at a steady decline. Oil and gas prices play a major role in drilling activity, often with a time lag of many months when it comes to production and economic impacts to industry and the state.

Wyoming’s Uranium Resources

Wyoming’s Uranium Resources
Wyoming ranks No. 1 among uranium producing states, accounting for approximately 65 percent of the more than 5 million pounds of yellowcake (U3O8) produced nationwide in 2014.

Wyoming’s Geologic Hazards

Wyoming’s Geologic Hazards
The mission of the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) includes “helping protect the public from geologic hazards.” This is accomplished by survey geologists monitoring, investigating, and reporting on the geologic hazards in the state.


Wyoming’s Groundwater Resources

Wyoming’s Groundwater Resources
Recharge for Wyoming’s aquifers originates largely as direct precipitation to aquifer outcrops and as snowpack in the state’s mountain ranges. Mountain snow is the main source of Wyoming’s surface water and groundwater.

Wyoming’s Aggregate Resources

Wyoming’s Construction Aggregate Resources
Wyoming aggregate mining operations include granite, limestone, sand and gravel, and scoria; all combined are classified by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as “construction aggregate.”



2014

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Coal Resources
Wyoming remains as the top coal-producing state in the United States. In 2012, more than 401 million tons were produced from 18 coal mines in the state. Wyoming’s 11 coal companies produced as much coal as the next top six coal-mining states combined.

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources
Production of Wyoming’s oil and natural gas resources are on two different tracks: oil continues to grow, while natural gas remains in a steady decline.


Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Uranium Resources
Uranium provides a natural source of heat inside the Earth’s crust. This concentrated energy source, found in numerous minerals, is highly valued for its use in nuclear power and electrical generation.

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Energy Resource Production
This map highlights Wyoming’s energy resource production. The production of oil, gas, coal, and uranium has been converted to British thermal units (Btus) for comparison. All sites illustrated show production of more than 10 trillion BTUs of energy resources. These 43 sites account for 94 percent of Wyoming’s total 2012 production of 10.1 quadrillion Btus.

2013

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Uranium Resources
Uranium is a highly valued natural resource that is used for nuclear power and electrical generation. Wyoming has the largest known uranium ore reserves in the United States. In the 1980s, the state’s uranium mining industry was hit hard due to a drop in price, but today Wyoming is poised to make a comeback with 26 mining operations in the planning or permitting phase.

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Coal Resources
Wyoming is the largest producer of coal in the United States. Coal resources are abundant in many of Wyoming’s geologic basins, particularly in the Powder River Basin (PRB) with its 13 surface mines and up to 100 feet thick coal seams.

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources
Wyoming is rich in oil and gas resources. The state currently ranks third in the nation in the production of natural gas and eighth in crude oil production. Wyoming hosts some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation, including Jonah, Pinedale, Madden, and coalbed natural gas in the Powder River Basin (PRB).

Tongue River Water Quality Study

Tongue River Water Quality Study
Geologists at the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) and the University of Wyoming (UW) conducted a one-year water quality investigation to determine if an increase in salinity recorded from water samples collected near the Wyoming/Montana border was the result of coalbed natural gas (CBNG) production in the area.

Wyoming’s Electrical Generation Resources

Wyoming’s Electrical Generation Resources
Few states in the nation possess the portfolio Wyoming has for both energy resources and electric power generation. This website is intended to serve as an information portal on Wyoming's Electrical Generation. It includes regular updates on energy resources used in the state for generating electricity, as well as the megawatts (MW) produced by each fuel source.