Frequently Asked Questions

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

EIA publishes estimates and projections for U.S. production of "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. petroleum and other liquids supply by source,1970-2040 (million barrels per day)" in the Executive Summary of the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2014, Early Release Overview.

Learn more:

U.S. tight oil production: Alternative supply projections and an overview of EIA’s analysis of well-level data aggregated to the county level
Today in Energy articles related to U.S. oil production

Last updated: May 7, 2014


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