Introduction to blog

About the author

Melissa J. Lyon is a Wyoming native and graduate of the University of Wyoming (2005) and University of Wyoming College of Law (2008).  As a native of the Cowboy state, western culture and the energy industry run deep within her roots. 

The energy industry of the Rocky Mountains has a grit and unique sense of community that she has always been drawn to.  That is likely why practicing in the energy sector has been the foundation of her legal practice since day one.  She has been practicing now for over 10 years.

Ms. Lyon has been honored as among the “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal (2015, 2016 and 2018), and has been nominated among the Outstanding Women in Business and 40 under 40 by the Denver Business Journal.  She is member of the Women’s Energy Network and founder of the University of Wyoming Denver Law Alumni Group.  She is also a donor to the Salt Creek Energy Excellence Scholarship benefiting students attending the University of Wyoming College of Law with an interest in practicing in the energy sector.

About the blog topics

Rocky Mountain Energy Essentials will have a general focus on energy industry issues in the Rocky Mountain region, including oil and gas, coal, trona and potentially other hard rock minerals.  

The goings on, the positive impact the energy industry has on communities, oil and gas case updates typically in Colorado and Wyoming courts, policy updates, energy markets/pricing, the energy industry’s impact on the economy and other tidbits of information that people interested in the energy industry may find helpful or of interest will be the primary subject matter.

In addition, among her other hobbies, the author is an avid baker.  To that end, Ms. Lyon also writes posts “From the Kitchen Recipe Box” that take her unique perspective on the energy sector one step further by combining it with her passion for baking.  The first among this series is entitled, “It Takes the Right Ingredients: The Recipe for Sustainable Oil Prices and the Perfect Cake have Common Elements.”