Wisconsin does not produce any commercial amount of crude or natural gas, and no economically viable carbon sources have been identified within the state. Although several test holes have been drilled, the last well was drilled in 1995 to a depth of 4,966 feet in Bayfield County, which revealed nothing. Likewise, thousands of samples from water wells throughout the state have turned up empty. Although studies have indicated potentially significant oil and gas resources in the Great Lakes, particularly portions held by Michigan and Ohio, the federal government permanently banned Great Lakes drilling in 2005. Moreover, most states, including Wisconsin, have expressly prohibited drilling in the Great Lakes. Despite its lack of petroleum resources, Wisconsin has tremendous, high-quality sand resources, which are becoming increasingly sought after due to the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing operations across North America.
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