U.S. shale gas production by major state 2018

This statistic shows the volume of shale gas production in 2018 in the United States, ranked by the major producing states. During that year, Louisiana produced about two trillion cubic feet of shale gas. In total, the United States produced around 22.1 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. According to the source, shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations.

Shale natural gas production – additional information

Shale gas resources can contain large accumulations of natural gas and/or oil. Production of natural gas from Texas’s Barnett Shale began around a decade ago and has acted as a model for natural gas production technologies in other parts of the country. It was one of the first cases of large-scale natural gas production from shale resources under the Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation. As of 2018, Texas was the largest producer of shale gas in the United States, where production volume totaled 6,392 billion cubic feet. Overall, more than 30 states are sitting on top of shale formations.

The production of shale gas has increased dramatically under the development of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling: U.S. shale gas production has increased from 1.77 trillion cubic feet in 2000 to approximately 16.5 trillion cubic feet in 2017. It is predicted that production volumes will reach 33.4 trillion cubic feet by 2050. As of 2018, the United States had an estimated 11.9 trillion cubic meters of proved natural gas reserves.

Natural gas has been touted by some as an efficient energy source that can act as a transition that bridges the emission-intensive consumption of fossil fuels to a period where renewable energies become sufficiently cost-efficient. However, the discovery of various serious environmental impacts, such as water contamination, has led many to be skeptical of fracking. As of 2015, 40 percent opposed this method of production.

Shale gas production in the United States in 2018, by major state

Production in billion cubic feet
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December 2019


United States

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