Pinedale, Wyoming Natural Gas
Located on Highway 191 on the western end of the Wind River Mountain Range is the town of Pinedale, Wyoming. With a population of just under 2,000 people, the town is a tranquil outpost that lies 100 miles north of Rock Springs, Wyoming and 77 miles south of ski-town Jackson, Wyoming.
Pinedale's population density of 1.2 people per square mile makes it a perfect place for a stage stop on the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, which is the largest sled dog race in the contiguous United States. The town has recently opened the Pinedale Aquatic Center which is a comprehensive athletic facility that offers classrooms, racquetball court, leisure pool, regulation size competition pool an indoor track and a regulation gymnasium.
Pinedale's economy centers around natural gas and crude oil production. With an elevation of 7,100 feet, the town lies in northern Sublette County adjacent to the Pinedale Anticline and only 30 miles north of the Jonah Field, whose production places it as one of the fastest growing oil fields in the American Rockies. Such deposits have attracted large oil companies to the town such as Shell, EnCana, BP and Questar, which has helped fuel a great economic boost to the area. The average wage for Pinedale residents is between $35,000 and $50,000 per year. The town sees, on average, 10 inches of rain per year.