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Biden climate orders put Wyoming in crosshairs
‘No question’ Biden administration is ‘trying to stifle’ oil, gas production: Former RNC chair
Former RNC Chair Haley Barbour discusses the potential impact of new restrictions imposed by the Biden administration on the U.S. energy industry.
President Biden’s executive order that stops the issuance of new permits and leases for oil and gas drilling and fracking on federal lands will have a devastating impact on Wyoming, the least densely populated state in the contiguous United States.
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The Cowboy State, which is the eighth-largest oil and gas producing state in the U.S., ranks first in natural gas production on federal lands and third in crude oil output. The state produced 1.456 trillion cubic feet of natural gas on federal land in 2019 and 101.8 million barrels of crude oil, Petroleum Association of Wyoming data showed.
The 7,550 producing leases on federal land, the most of any state, were responsible for 51% of the state’s oil production and 92% of its natural gas output. Forty-eight percent of land in Wyoming is owned by the federal government.