Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media
Wyoming has produced the most fossil fuel on federal and Indian lands according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The EIA report used data collected from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue and is the first time the agency has detailed production values on federal and Indian lands by state. Wyoming and the federal Gulf of Mexico combined accounted for 73% of the total fossil fuel production in the 2013 fiscal year. The next largest producers are the states of New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
As for the amount of crude oil produced by region, the federal Gulf of Mexico claimed the majority, accounting for 69% of the totals in 2013. Federal and Indian lands in New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming are the next biggest producers. Production on these lands accounts for most of the totals of both public and private operations in New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. The Bakken formation in North Dakota though, with its speedy increase in production volume, overtook the volume captured in Wyoming over the course of the 2013 fiscal year.
Natural gas production was dominated by Wyoming, the federal Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico and Colorado with an 86% of total production on federal and Indian lands in 2013. However, the federal Gulf of Mexico’s natural gas volume has been quickly dwindling while New Mexico’s volume has been steadily declining over the past decade.
Wyoming prevailed again with 80% of the total coal produced in the 2013 fiscal year. Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico were the next largest producers of coal. Production of coal has decreased since the 2009 fiscal year, generally reflecting the declining demand.