About the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA)
The Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA) is the 3rd largest gas field in the United States and provides vital energy for the country. The field is located in Sublette County’s Green River Valley south of Pinedale, Wyo. near a Class 1 Area that features world-class natural resources. It consists of 197,345 acres of federal, state and private lands: 157,719 surface acres (79.9 percent) belong to the Bureau of Land Management; 9,766 surfaces areas (5.0 percent) belong to the state of Wyoming; and 29,860 surface acres (15.1 percent) belong to private owners.
The PAPA contains natural gas estimates of up to 40 trillion cubic feet, with 20 – 25 trillion cubic feet of that recoverable—enough to supply 10 million homes for more than 30 years. The first well in the PAPA was drilled in the 1930s; regional energy development became economically viable in the early 2000s.
Energy development in the PAPA must be managed responsibly with respect to critical issues that include air quality management, water protection and wildlife and habitat conservation for significant migration corridors and species ranging from mule deer, antelope, sage-grouse and a number of raptors including bald eagles.