Issues

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming is committed to identifying and addressing those issues facing the oil and gas industry. Our staff has the experience and resources needed to ensure that the oil and gas has a seat at the table when decisions affecting the industry are being made at all levels of government.

Wyoming boasts the first national park (Yellowstone), the first national forest (Shoshone), and the first national monument (Devils Tower). The USFS controls nearly 9.2 million acres within the state.  Meanwhile, the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office controls approximately 18.4 million acres of public land and nearly 43 million acres of federal mineral estate.

With nearly 55% of Wyoming surface lands controlled by the federal (48.43%) or state (6.22%) government along with nearly 70% of all subsurface mineral rights, public lands issues are a top priority for the Association. PAW staff advocates for true multiple use on public lands including the sound development of our world-class oil and gas resources.