Frequently Asked Questions

Does EIA have data on shale (or “tight oil”) production?

EIA publishes estimates and projections for "tight oil," which is oil embedded in low-permeable sandstone, carbonate, and shale rock.

Historical production estimates and projections are in Figure 1. U.S. domestic crude oil production by source,1990-2040 (million barrels per day) of the  Annual Energy Outlook 2013, Early Release Reference Case, and in Figure 97. Total U.S. tight oil production by geologic formation, 2011-2040 (million barrels per day) of the complete Annual Energy Outlook 2013.

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Last updated: May 21, 2013 

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