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WSGS releases map showing energy projects around state

Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports

The Wyoming State Geological Survey recently released a new interactive map that identifies areas in Wyoming where oil and natural gas projects are slated for development.

Viewed through Google Earth, the development map includes 20 new projects that are either in early production or planning phases. The map includes information on area boundaries and size, operators, and the anticipated production from the geologic formations of each area.

"This map provides a single source of information for viewing new development of Wyoming's oil and gas resources," WSGS director Tom Drean said. "People may hear about an oil and gas project in the state but not know about it."

When clicking or selecting an area on the state map, a window opens with information on the operator, project size, number and types of wells, the geologic formations targeted, and in many cases the projected production of the project, as well as the estimated life of oil and gas development for that area. A list of references also is provided to assist users with their additional research efforts.

This map is intended as a reference tool to be used by a variety of audiences -- from citizens to media, industry leaders to decision makers.

Data used to create the various layers of information on the map were obtained primarily through the Bureau of Land Management, including from such records as Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments.

The development map is a main feature on the WSGS oil and gas website, which the agency is working to enhance and update as new data becomes available on Wyoming's oil and gas resources.

For this project, the WSGS is requesting state and public agencies as well as operators to provide suggestions on what to include on the oil and gas development map.

To suggest changes or make suggestions, e-mail Rachel Toner, oil and natural gas geologist, at Rachel.Toner@wyo.gov.

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