More than one-third of the natural gas produced in Oklahoma so far this year has come from just three counties, preliminary data from the state Corporation Commission show.
Oklahoma’s top natural gas-producing counties — Woods and Alfalfa — are situated in the Mississippi Lime formation, one of the nation’s “hottest” oil and gas plays, which extends north into Kansas. Both counties are also major producers of crude oil, which we mapped and explored last week.
Oklahoma Natural Gas Production: 2012
Source: Oklahoma Corporation Commission | Download Data
Seven counties alone account for more than half the 1 billion McF of natural gas produced in Oklahoma from January to June 2012, data show.
As it is with oil, natural gas production in Oklahoma has strong geographic ties. And production of either petroleum product carries regional economic relevance.
None of Oklahoma’s 11 easternmost counties produce oil, and there’s a long band of relatively sparse production that stretches from Washington to Bryan County.
There are have-nots when it comes to natural gas, too, but the geographic clustering isn’t as apparent.
Production is sparse in Oklahoma’s northeastern region, and nonexistent in the farthest northeastern, southeastern and southwestern corners of the state. In all, nine counties have reported zero natural gas production in the first half of 2012, data show.