Quick Facts

  • The West provides nearly one-fourth of the total oil and natural gas output of the United States, and accounts for 68% of the nation’s total federal onshore oil production and 89% of federal onshore natural gas.
  • Wyoming produces over half the federal natural gas in the West, followed in order by New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and North Dakota.  New Mexico is the top oil producer on federal lands in the West, followed in order by Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, and Montana.

Western Energy Alliance: A Regional Trade Association Covering Thirteen States

The Alliance focuses on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, public lands and other policy issues. We bring the voice of the Western oil and natural gas industry back to Washington, D.C. However, you won’t see us at the state capitols advocating on state-specific issues except in Utah, where we function as the state trade association focused exclusively on E&P issues. Utah is the only state where we have a dedicated state representative, Lowell Braxton, former head of the division of Oil, Gas & Mining, who engages on local, state and federal Utah issues.

Western Energy Alliance works closely with the following state trade associations:

Colorado – Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA); West Slope COGA; Colorado Petroleum Association; La Plata Energy Council

Montana – Montana Petroleum Association (MPA)

New Mexico – Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (IPANM); New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA)

North Dakota – North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC)

Utah – Utah Petroleum Association (UPA)

Wyoming – Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW)

Member Map

In each of the main producing states, oil and natural gas is an important industry that creates high-paying jobs and generates significant economic impact.  Below is a list of state specific job and economic data for the western producing oil and natural gas states: