Frequently Asked Questions

How much of the oil produced in the United States is consumed in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) cannot determine the exact amount of crude oil produced in the United States that is consumed, as refined products, in the United States. However, most of the crude oil produced in the United States is refined by U.S. refineries. The United States also produces other liquids that are used in the refining process or that are added to refined products. In 2015, the United States produced an average of about 9.4 million barrels of crude oil per day, about 3.3 million barrels per day of other noncrude petroleum liquids, and about 1.1 million barrels per day of biofuels.

The United States exports small volumes of domestically produced crude oil, most of it to Canada, which may actually return to the United States as refined products. EIA is not able to track how much domestically produced crude oil is exported in the form of refined petroleum products.

In early 2011, the United States became a net exporter (exports were greater than imports) of noncrude petroleum liquids and refined petroleum products.

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U.S. petroleum supply and disposition

Last updated: October 6, 2016

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