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U.S. projected to be the world’s biggest oil and gas producer this year

Liquefied natural gas pipes circulate around Dominion's Cove Point, Maryland import terminal into holding tanks.  This facility was recently approved by the Energy Department to export Marcellus shale gas globally.

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Liquefied natural gas pipes circulate around Dominion’s Cove Point, Maryland import terminal into holding tanks.

This facility was recently approved by the Energy Department to export Marcellus shale gas globally.

The United States is on track to be the biggest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia this year, according to new data released by the federal Energy Information Administration.

From the Guardian:

The rise to the top was fueled by new drilling techniques, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which have unlocked vast quantities of oil and gas from shale rock formations – especially in North Dakota and Texas.

America was on track to produce just under 25m barrels a day of oil, natural gas and related fuels, the EIA said. Russia was just under 22m barrels a day.

America had already surpassed Russia in natural gas production last year, pulling ahead for the first time since 1982.

But this was the first year the US was on pace to surpass Russia in production of both oil and natural gas.

“Total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production estimates for the United States and Russia for 2011 and 2012 were roughly equivalent — within 1 quadrillion Btu of one another,” the EIA said. “In 2013, however, the production estimates widen out, with the United States expected to outproduce Russia by five quadrillion Btu,” the agency said.

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale produced over 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first half of 2013 according to the most recent numbers released by the state Department of Environmental Protection– that represents a 57 percent increase in gas production compared to the same time period from last year.

 

Comments

  • StephenCleghorn

    That is, world’s worst (and worsening) contributor to a fossil fuel economy that advances global warming and imperils the future of human and other lives on this planet. This is not news. Or if it is, it is old and sickening news.

    • Richard W Mercer

      Domestic production is up and gasoline use has been on the decline since 2006 in the US. When there are no jobs, no food , no heat, no electricity and that is because you don’t like nukes either and don’t give me that solar and wind crap because it is years away from being a base line energy source. So go smoke your pot and quit being a bitch and come up with solid solutions and quit being stupid.

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