WYOMING \u2014 Two new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) annual summary reports released recently highlight Wyoming\u2019s energy industry during the last couple of years. The reports give a brief overview of the state\u2019s recent oil, natural gas, and coal production, and the factors that have affected that production.\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0oil and natural gas summary report\u00a0details the contribution of each major Wyoming basin\u2014Bighorn, Denver, Greater Green River, Powder River, and Wind River\u2014to the state\u2019s total production.\r\n\r\nIn 2018, the most recent year with complete data, the Greater Green River Basin and Powder River Basin were once again Wyoming\u2019s top gas-producing basin and top oil-producing basin, respectively, and the Denver Basin further increased its contribution to state total oil production.\r\n\r\nStatewide production values for 2019, based on data from January through August 2019 and forecasts through the end of 2019, show decreased gas production and increased oil production compared to 2018.\r\n\r\nThe report also reviews changes in the industry, including large oil and gas development projects, pipelines, and drilling trends in the state.\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0coal summary report\u00a0focuses on challenges faced by the state\u2019s coal industry in 2019, including company bankruptcies and changes in the electricity generating market, such as coal-fired power plant retirements. These factors have affected Wyoming\u2019s coal production and employment numbers, and will likely continue to do so.\r\n\r\nDespite the steady decline in production over the last few years, Wyoming remains the top coal-producing state in the nation, producing about 40 percent of the country\u2019s total in 2018 and 2019.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese short reports are yearly snapshots of Wyoming\u2019s oil, gas, and coal industries,\u201d says WSGS Director, Dr. Erin Campbell. \u201cThese industries can experience large changes from year to year, and the summary reports should help Wyoming residents to understand and follow changes that can greatly affect Wyoming\u2019s economy.\u201d\r\n\r\nReady for a deeper dive? Click here.