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Wyoming

Land ownership

Natural resource extraction varies widely from state to state. In Wyoming, extractive industries accounted for 20.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, and jobs in the extractive industries made up 6.9% of statewide employment.

Wyoming leads the nation in production of:

  • Coal: 40.8% of U.S. Production

Natural resource ownership in the U.S. is closely tied to land ownership. Land can be owned by citizens, corporations, Indian tribes or individuals, or governments (for instance, federal, state, or local governments). Much of the data on this site is limited to natural resource extraction on federal land, which represents 48.1% of all land in Wyoming.

The state of Wyoming chose to participate in an extended reporting process, so this page includes additional state revenue and disbursements data, as well as contextual information about state governance of natural resources.

For a detailed view of how coal mining affects communities in Wyoming, read more about Campbell County.

Production

Energy production: The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes a profile of energy production and usage in Wyoming.

Wyoming ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for production of:

  • Coal: #1 in the nation (40% of U.S. production)
  • Natural gas: #5 in the nation (5% of U.S. production)

Nonenergy minerals: The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information about nonenergy mineral extraction in the USGS Minerals Yearbook for Wyoming.

The Energy Information Administration collects data about all energy-related natural resources produced on federal, state, and privately owned land.

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Coal

297,218,132 tons of coal were produced in 2016.

Hydroelectric

973,488 Mwh of hydroelectric were produced in 2016.

Crude oil

72,553,000 barrels of crude oil were produced in 2016.

Natural gas

1,848,145,000 Mcf of natural gas were produced in 2016.

Wind

4,389,338 Mwh of wind were produced in 2016.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects detailed data about natural resource production on federal land in Wyoming.

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Coal

273,457,717 tons of coal were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Campbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyLincoln CountySweetwater CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyLincoln CountySweetwater County
County production of coal in 2017 (tons)

Gas

1,372,050,004 mcf of gas were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Albany CountyBig Horn CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyCrook CountyFremont CountyHot Springs CountyJohnson CountyLaramie CountyLincoln CountyNatrona CountyNiobrara CountyPark CountySheridan CountySublette CountySweetwater CountyUinta CountyWashakie CountyWeston CountyAlbany CountyBig Horn CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyCrook CountyFremont CountyHot Springs CountyJohnson CountyLaramie CountyLincoln CountyNatrona CountyNiobrara CountyPark CountySheridan CountySublette CountySweetwater CountyUinta CountyWashakie CountyWeston County
County production of gas in 2017 (mcf)

Oil

39,108,821 barrels of oil were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Albany CountyBig Horn CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyCrook CountyFremont CountyHot Springs CountyJohnson CountyLaramie CountyLincoln CountyNatrona CountyNiobrara CountyPark CountySheridan CountySublette CountySweetwater CountyUinta CountyWashakie CountyWeston CountyAlbany CountyBig Horn CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyCrook CountyFremont CountyHot Springs CountyJohnson CountyLaramie CountyLincoln CountyNatrona CountyNiobrara CountyPark CountySheridan CountySublette CountySweetwater CountyUinta CountyWashakie CountyWeston County
County production of oil in 2017 (bbl)

Purge Liquor

54,468 equivalent tons of purge liquor were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Sweetwater CountySweetwater County
County production of purge liquor in 2017 (tons)

Salt

0 tons of salt were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Lincoln CountyLincoln County
County production of salt in 2017 (tons)

Soda Ash

3,711,621 tons of soda ash were produced on federal land in Wyoming in 2017.

County production

Sweetwater CountySweetwater County
County production of soda ash in 2017 (tons)