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PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS FIELDS
Paul Biggs 2 and Ralph H. Espach 3
PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS are the most important mineral re-
sources of Wyoming. Because of their value to the economy of the State,
detailed information concerning their occurrence, development, and
properties is particularly useful to State and Federal agencies. A comprehensive
report on the oil and gas fields in the State is likewise valuable to oil companies
searching for new deposits of oil and gas. Thousands of small investors and
land owners also have a "stake" in Wyoming's petroleum industry.
This study contains individual reports on 271 oil and gas fields in Wyoming.
The location of each field is given; and, where available, maps of the fields are
included in the report. Brief comments are made on the geology of the fields,
surface formations, and elevations. History of the discovery and development
of each field is recorded, and the amounts of oil and gas produced in each are
tabulated by years. The facilities by which the oil and gas are transported
from the fields are mentioned.
The 418 analyses of crude-oil samples represent the largest collection of
crude-oil characteristics, including sulfur content, nitrogen content, and re-
fractive index data, that have been published to date on Wyoming petroleum.
Analyses of 183 natural gas and 334 oilfield-water samples are tabulated.
This bulletin replaces Federal Bureau of Mines Bulletin 418, Petroleum
and Natural-Gas Fields in Wyoming, published in 1941. Bulletin 418, now
out of print, contained 79 field descriptions and 106 crude-oil analyses. This
report, reflecting the rapid expansion of the oil industry since 1941, includes
all the fields covered in the earlier publication, bringing that material up to
date. Although precautions were taken to obtain accurate data, some of the
maps may not reflect the latest or the most accurate interpretation of struc-
tural conditions in some of the fields. The maps are intended to show only
general structural conditions or structural features. Caution should be exer-
cised in using these maps for other than general study.
Although the geologic basins of Wyoming are not emphasized in the
report, it is shown that most of the oil produced in Wyoming was from the
Big Horn, Wind River, and Powder River Basins. Lesser amounts of oil were
from the Bridger (formerly called Green River), Laramie-Hanna, and Wyoming
portion of the Denver-Julesburg Basins. Natural gas production has been
1 Work on manuscript completed March 1, 1959.
2 Petroleum engineer, Laramie Petroleum Research Center, Bureau of Mines, Laramie, Wyo.
3 Formerly, chief, Branch of Petroleum, Region III, Bureau of Mines, Laramie, Wyo. (Deceased).
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Biggs, Paul & Espach, Ralph H. Petroleum and Natural Gas Fields in Wyoming, report, 1960; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38797/m1/13/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.