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How much shale (tight) oil is produced in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates in the Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017) that about 4.9 million barrels per day of crude oil were produced directly from tight oil resources in the United States in 2015. This was equal to about 52% of total U.S. crude oil production in 2015. Tight oil is oil embedded in low-permeable shale, sandstone, and carbonate rock formations.

Learn more:
Annual Energy Outlook 2017, Table 14. Oil and gas supply
Where our oil comes from
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Last updated: February 13, 2017


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