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U.S. crude oil production reaches highest production since December 1992

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil production averaged 7 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in December 2012 – the highest output since 1992. From EIA:

The increased crude oil production is being driven by activity in the Barnett and Eagle Ford Shale plays in Texas and the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The Texas Railroad Commission released its updated production statistics for December 2012, noting that 51.1 million barrels of crude oil (nearly one quarter of the nation’s output) were produced on onshore Texas fields. This statistic does not include output from the oil rich Gulf of Mexico fields.

Originally established to regulate Texas’ railroads, the Commission is now responsible for regulating oil and gas production in the State of Texas.

David Wogan About the Author: An engineer and policy researcher who writes about energy, technology, and policy - and everything in between. Based in Austin, Texas. Comments? david.m.wogan@gmail.com Follow on Twitter @davidwogan.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. jerryd 9:02 pm 02/28/2013

    But don’t we use 18-19mbbls/day?

    Personally in my lightweight EV’s I use no oil other than diff lube, a pint ever 50k miles ;^P Sincethey get 250 and 600 mpg equivalent I laugh all the way to the bank. Too bad Detroit won’t make, sell lightweight low cost EV’s based on Folklift EV tech and boat/plane composite tech.

    Then we could replace 50-75% of US trips with these which would make us energy independent. But they use few parts, little service and don’t rust away plus steal other car sales so don’t hold your breath.

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