Skip to comments.Five US States Help Boost US Oil Production
Posted on 06/03/2013 8:54:26 PM PDT by ckilmer
While Texas and North Dakota's boom in oil production have been well-publicized, five other western U.S. states made a notable contribution to the growth in U.S. oil production since 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Tuesday.
Onshore oil production, including crude oil and lease condensate, grew by over 2 million barrels of oil per day (bopd), or 64 percent, in the U.S. Lower 48 from February 2010 to February 2013.
Production in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Texas' Eagle Ford play and Permian Basin outpaced other regions. However, gains in other Lower 48 states added up to approximately 320,000 bopd of production from February 2010 to February 2013, including the 290,000 bopd in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
Production in each state rose between 23 percent and 64 percent, EIA noted in its Petroleum Supply Monthly report.
Oklahoma and New Mexico production averaged over 530,000 bopd in February 2013, roughly the same as California's oil production in February. Production in Oklahoma and New Mexico grew by 51 percent and 46 percent from February 2010 to February 2013, mainly due to production gains in the Anadarko and Permian Basins.
Production in Wyoming and Colorado grew by 23 percent and 64 percent. Top producing basins in both states include the Powder River, Greater Green River and Denver basins.
The recently discovered Convenant field in central Utah's thrust belt and production from the Uinta and Paradox basins helped boost Utah oil production by 45 percent from February 2010 to February 2013.
EIA attributed the production increase to the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology to low-permeability rocks to the growth in U.S. oil production. Enhanced oil recovery techniques such as carbon dioxide injection also are boosting production from conventional reservoirs.
The oil and gas industry spent $65.5 billion to drill over 10,000 shale oil and natural gas wells in 2011, the American Petroleum Institute reported last month in its 2011 Joint Association Survey on Drilling Costs.
Investment by foreign oil and gas companies has also played a significant role in the development of U.S. shale plays, EIA reported in early April.
Fracturing , AKA “fracking” a well, has been going on for over twenty years to my personal knowledge. Perhaps longer than that, as I do not speak for something I do not know.
Why is this fracking all of the sudden in the news? Does it sound scary or environmentally unfriendly, or is it a cover for, “ gee, we can’t imagine why these states are doing so well”.?
Fracking AND Horizontal Drilling.
Horizontal drilling, I know for certain, has been going on for the last 15 years.
Not only am I in the industry, but I have leases in the Barnett Shale that incorporate horizontal drilling.
Fracking and horizontal drilling do not necessarily go hand in hand. They can, yes, but horizontal drilling is to fracking like cake is to frosting...a good cake needs no frosting, but a good cake is improved by frosting.....m
Last time I looked (quite a few months back), our country was down to using about 19 million barrels per day. A few years before that, we were using about 20 million.
The increase in production from these shale sources (which decline sharply) is not due to discovery of fracking or of horizontal drilling — because as the posters’ above comments indicating both have been around for 20+ years.
The source of the increase is price. Were the price lower, the fracking and hz drilling would not be profitable and would stop.
Uncomfortable concept: You will not like what a $40/barrel world looks like, because it won’t have much oil flowing.
It's all about government control and figuring out how to rack up the most tax money on all levels.
NY should wise up. It means JOBS...good jobs!!!
The Red states have both food and energy.
They should pull out of the NYC Nation.
They would be the wealthiest nations overnight.
...first using the process in 1947 to stimulate flow of natural gas from the Hugoton field in Kansas.
Hydraulic Fracturing and Steerable horizontal drilling have combined to make production from tight formations like the shale plays of Bakken, Eagle Ford, Permian Basin and several other economic to produce. Without the combination, not enough oil is produced to make significant economic investment in these plays.
An article worth repeating. See comments from first posting:
Thanks for the info! Sorry I bugged out last night.