Eighty-six percent of Wyomingites overwhelming support oil and gas development, according to a recent poll from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW). The poll, which was conducted in late January, showed that the majority of Wyomingites across a swath of geographical regions, education levels, ages, genders and political parties support minerals in the Cowboy State, according to a Feb. 14 release from the group.
A strong majority (76%) of voters further felt confident that economic activities such as oil and gas exploration, grazing, timber, and mining can be compatible with recreation, hunting, fishing and preservation, polling data showed. Seventy-two percent of these voters also said that the number of regulations are about right (40%) or that there are too many regulations (32%) on the oil and natural gas industry currently.
In terms of national security, polling data indicated that more than 64% of residents feel a direct impact from oil and gas drilling on their local economy, while 85% of respondents also believe that oil and natural gas production in Wyoming provides an important asset for our national security.
“This polling confirms that Wyoming knows the true value of oil and natural gas to our everyday lives,” said Pete Obermueller, President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, in the release.
“Wyoming residents understand the importance of oil and natural gas production for jobs, economic benefits, tax revenues and national security. The oil and natural gas industry is the bedrock of the Wyoming economy and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.”