Associated Press

The National Resources Defense Council recently released its annual report examining the percentage of personal income spent by drivers on gasoline, as well as measures each of the 50 states are taking to reduce oil dependency.

According to the report, Utah ranks 13th in states whose citizens face the highest degree of gasoline price vulnerability, with drivers spending around 7.02 percent or $2,373 of their personal income on gasoline in 2011. That is a jump from 5.19 percent in 2010 and 4.76 percent in 2009.

Mississippi stands as the state most vulnerable to gasoline prices, with the average driver spending 8.98 percent of his or her personal income on gasoline. Connecticut came in last at 3.51 percent.

Drivers in every state were more vulnerable in 2011 than in 2010, the report said, and drivers in all but eight states were more vulnerable in 2011 than they were in 2008.

Additional information in the report suggests that states like California, Oregon and Washington are doing the most to reduce the use of oil, while states like Nebraska, Alaska and Mississippi are doing the least.

Read the report here.

Alabama
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.89% ($2,389)

State rank: 15

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.87%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.03%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 44th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Gary Likely puts $30 worth of gas into his tank while filling up Thursday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2005, at The Food Mart in Georgiana, Ala.

Alaska
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.27% ($2,398)

State rank: 39

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.45%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.55%

State policies: 43rd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Pete Slaiby, vice president of Shell Oil Alaska, lower right, joins others on a tour of the arctic oil drilling rig "Kulluk," Friday, May 25, 2012, as it undergoes extensive work at Vigor Shipyards in Seattle.

Arizona
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.90% ($2,118)

State rank: 27

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.65%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.28%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, 33rd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Robyn Crozier, of Australia, pumps gas into her tank at a local Shell station Friday, June 13, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Arkansas
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.10% ($2,416)

State rank: 10

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.69%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.38%

State policies: 32nd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this Monday, July 2, 2012, photo, a fuel delivery truck leaves Arkansas Terminaling and Trading storage facility after taking on a load for gasoline and diesel fuel in North Little Rock, Ark.

California
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.44% ($2,418)

State rank: 36

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.06%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.31%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, vehicle miles traveled/petroleum reduction targets, smart growth policies, 13th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> The Hollywood Sign serves as a background to a sign advertising gasoline prices approaching $5.00 per gallon at a Shell station in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

Colorado
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.64% ($2,044)

State rank: 44

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.11%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.77%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 10th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> This photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2012, shows a rig drilling for oil near a subdivision near Frederick, Colo.

Connecticut
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 3.51% ($1,995)

State rank: 50

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 2.56%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 2.78%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 5th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> John Magel of Wetherfield pumps gas at a CITGO station in Wethersfield, Conn., Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Delaware
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.65% ($2,354)

State rank: 31

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.52%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.25%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 8th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

Florida
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.36% ($2,119)

State rank: 38

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.49%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.74%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 18th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Andrew Cardwell of Pirate Scooter Rentals leaves a gas station with full gasoline cans Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 in Key West, Fla.

Georgia
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.21% ($2,602)

State rank: 7

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.66%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.67%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 20th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A sign advertises gasoline at over four dollars a gallon June 2, 2008, at a station in Duluth, Ga.

Hawaii
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.86% ($2,094)

State rank: 43

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.96%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.98%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 46th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A gas station displays its prices on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in Kahului, Hawaii.

Idaho
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.06% ($2,354)

State rank: 11

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.74%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.64%

State policies: 39th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

Illinois
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.24% ($2,314)

State rank: 40

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.40%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.84%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, 11th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A truck moves past a gas station in the farming community of Pleasant Plains, Ill., Tuesday, May 15, 2007.

Indiana
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.78% ($2,056)

State rank: 28

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.74%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.04%

State policies: 26th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Christy Ridenour fuels her car while watching the television placed atop a gas pump at the BP Gas Station in Anderson, Ind., Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

Iowa
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.18% ($2,907)

State rank: 8

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.06%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.04%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 27th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A tanker leaves the Tall Corn Ethanol plant after loading up with ethanol, May 24, 2006, in a Coon Rapids, Iowa file photo.

Kansas
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.39% ($2,181)

State rank: 37

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.21%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.65%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 36th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 photo, Robert Murdock receives a report from a worker while standing next to a new well head near Medicine Lodge, Kan.

Kentucky
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.89% ($2,657)

State rank: 4

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 5.03%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.77%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 21st in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Motorists whiz past a sign showing gasoline prces above $3 per gallon Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in downtown Louisville, Ky.

Louisiana
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.80% ($2,622)

State rank: 17

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 5.45%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.34%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, 49th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Preston Armond fills gas cans at a station in Slidell, La., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.

Maine
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.64% ($2,521)

State rank: 22

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.59%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.15%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, vehicle miles traveled/petroleum reduction targets, smart growth policies, 28th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> An American flag flaps in front of gas prices posted at a gas station in Topsham, Maine on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.

Maryland
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.96% ($2,534)

State rank: 42

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 2.99%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.83%

State policies: Low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 2nd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A woman walks past a BP Station, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in Baltimore.

Massachusetts
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.62% ($2,480)

State rank: 46

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 2.63%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.11%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, vehicle miles traveled/petroleum reduction targets, 3rd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Alda Velez, of Chelsea, Mass., leaves her gas cap on the trunk of her car while filling the tank with unleaded regular at a gas station, in Chelsea, Monday, June 11, 2007.

Michigan
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.68% ($2,440)

State rank: 20

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.24%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.53%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 15th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> An E85 gas pump is shown in Southfield, Mich., Thursday, July 6, 2006.

Minnesota
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.30% ($2,816)

State rank: 24

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.88%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.00%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, 4th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

Mississippi
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 8.98% ($2,889)

State rank: 1

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 6.35%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 6.87%

State policies: 42nd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Snow and ice decorate this gas pump at a Murphy Express filling station in north Jackson, Miss., as a customer drives through after purchasing gas early Friday morning, Feb. 12, 2010.

Missouri
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.74% ($2,577)

State rank: 18

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.15%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.02%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 30th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Dave Kramph fills up his pickup truck with gasoline priced at just under $1.90 a gallon Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in St. Louis.

Montana
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.86% ($2,511)

State rank: 16

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 6.08%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.84%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 29th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> This Feb. 28, 2012 photo shows an oil well near Sidney, Mont.

Nebraska
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.58% ($2,322)

State rank: 32

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.45%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.95%

State policies: 48th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Zach Conway pulls the filling hose away from his tanker truck on the lot of the Nebraska - Iowa Supply Company, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.

Nevada
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.23% ($2,379)

State rank: 25

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.69%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.57%

State policies: Idling restrictions, 45th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Gasoline price in Las Vegas soared to a record high on the Las Vegas Strip, Wednesday, March 30, 2005.

New Hampshire
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.54% ($2,536)

State rank: 33

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.10%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.04%

State policies: Low-carbon fuel standard, idling restrictions, 41st in transit spending prioritization ranking.

New Jersey
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.31% ($2,290)

State rank: 48

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.28%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.53%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 9th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> As temperatures begin to drop, people wait in line to fill containers with gas at a Shell gasoline filling station Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Keyport, N.J.

New Mexico
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.13% ($2,466)

State rank: 9

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.38%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.66%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 16th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

New York
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 3.83% ($1,937)

State rank: 49

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 2.62%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 2.79%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 1st in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A New York City cab driver fills his tank with gasoline, Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in New York.

North Carolina
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.68% ($2,415)

State rank: 21

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.24%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.92%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 24th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Eagle Transport Corporation employee Demetrius Stewart fills the gas tanks at On The Run Mobil in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005.

North Dakota
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.05% ($3,227)

State rank: 12

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.42%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.09%

State policies: 34th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this Tuesday, July 26, 2011 file photo, Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.

Ohio
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.96% ($2,252)

State rank: 26

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.96%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.54%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 47th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A man fills his gas tank at a gas station Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Oklahoma
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.56% ($2,818)

State rank: 5

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 5.28%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.47%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 38th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this Friday, July 20, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is pictured near Calumet, Okla.

Oregon
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.45% ($2,066)

State rank: 35

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.71%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.06%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, vehicle miles traveled/petroleum reduction targets, smart growth policies, 25th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> This May 24, 2012, photo shows gas prices at a gas station, in Portland, Ore.

Pennsylvania
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.08% ($2,158)

State rank: 41

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.40%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.57%

State policies: Low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 7th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Michael Morris prepares to put gas in his car Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 in Philadelphia.

Rhode Island
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.38% ($1,929)

State rank: 47

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.95%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.25%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, smart growth policies, 6th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

South Carolina
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.91% ($2,664)

State rank: 3

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 5.27%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 6.03%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 31st in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Bill Boyer fills his tank at a gas station off Interstate 95 Wednesday, May 10, 2006, near Harleyville, S.C.

South Dakota
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.72% ($2,795)

State rank: 19

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.48%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.70%

State policies: 23rd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Brian Festler pumps diesel fuel at the Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 90 in Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

Tennessee
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.91% ($2,523)

State rank: 14

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.68%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.85%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, smart growth policies, 22nd in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Anthony Young, CEO of Young Oil, checks the stroke on the Lucy Newberry #4 oil well in Livingston, Tenn., Wednesday, July 21, 2004.

Texas
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.30% ($2,889)

State rank: 6

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 5.09%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.16%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 37th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this July 14, 2008 file photo, oil pump jacks work in a field near the Houston Ship Channel in Baytown, Texas.

Utah
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 7.02% ($2,373)

State rank: 13

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.76%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.04%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, 50th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Scott Deesing gases up his motorcycle August 19, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vermont
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.76% ($2,408)

State rank: 29

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.91%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.17%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, smart growth policies, 19th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Gas prices are seen Friday, March 16, 2012 in Montpelier, Vt.

Virginia
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.50% ($2,528)

State rank: 34

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.78%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.35%

State policies: State fleet requirements, advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 12th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

Washington
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 4.63% ($2,049)

State rank: 45

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 3.41%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 3.77%

State policies: State fleet requirements, low-carbon fuel standard, advanced vehicle technology policy, vehicle miles traveled/petroleum reduction targets, smart growth policies, 35th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> In this April 20, 2011 file photo, gas prices above five dollars a gallon for Plus and Supreme octanes, are seen on a sign at a gas station in Washington.

West Virginia
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 8.10% ($2,715)

State rank: 2

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.20%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 5.17%

State policies: Advanced vehicle technology policy, idling restrictions, 40th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A sign at a Kroger gas station in Cross Lanes, W.Va, indicates only regular unleaded is available at the business, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.

Wisconsin
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 5.70% ($2,283)

State rank: 30

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.02%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.30%

State policies: State fleet requirements, 17th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> Michael Bieberitz of Wauwatosa, Wis., puts gas in his car Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at a Milwaukee station.

Wyoming
Associated Press

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2011: 6.32% ($2,991)

State rank: 23

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2009: 4.34%

Percent of income spent on gasoline by the average driver, 2006: 4.46%

State policies: 14th in transit spending prioritization ranking.

>> A rig drilling an oil well for QEP Resources Inc., is shown on ranchland a few miles west of Cheyenne, Wyo., Thursday Sept. 30, 2010.