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How much shale gas is produced in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016), that about 12.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of dry natural gas was produced directly from shale and tight oil resources in the United States in 2014. This was about 48% of total U.S. dry natural gas production in 2014. In the AEO2016 Reference case, production from shale gas and tight oil resources is projected to grow from about 14 Tcf in 2015 to 29 Tcf in 2040, making up 69% of the 2040 total dry natural gas production.

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Most natural gas production growth is expected to come from shale gas and tight oil plays
Annual Energy Outlook 2016, Table 14. Oil and gas supply
Shale in the United States
U.S. natural gas production by source or type of gas and gross production (withdrawals) of shale gas by state

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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