Laramie, WY – Natural gas production in Wyoming declined last year for the first time since 1997. But, despite the decrease, 2009 was still the second-best year on record for Wyoming's gas industry.
Figures from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show Wyoming's natural gas production in 2009 was about 2.1 trillion cubic feet. That was down from 2008's record, 2.3 trillion cubic feet.
Wyoming's natural gas production increased steadily and nearly doubled from 1998 through 2008.
About a quarter of the natural gas produced in Wyoming is coal-bed methane, which is pumped from coal seams, mainly in northeast Wyoming. Most of the rest comes from conventional gas wells in western Wyoming.