Frequently Asked Questions

How much shale gas is produced in the United States?

EIA estimates that in 2011, about 7.85 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of dry natural gas was produced directly from shale deposits in the United States. This was about 34% of total U.S. dry natural gas production in 2011.

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Shale gas provides the largest source of growth in U.S. natural gas supply.

U.S. natural gas production by source or type of gas and gross production (withdrawals) of shale gas by state.

What is shale gas and why is it important? contains historical estimates and projections for natural gas production by type of gas and historical production by shale play.

Last revised: May 7, 2013  

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