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How much shale (tight) oil is produced in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2019, about 2.81 billion barrels (or 7.7 million barrels per day) of crude oil were produced directly from tight oil resources in the United States. This was equal to about 63% of total U.S. crude oil production in 2019. Tight oil is oil embedded in low-permeable shale, sandstone, and carbonate rock formations.

Learn more:
Tight oil production estimates by play
Crude Oil Production (historical data)
Energy Explained: Where our oil comes from
Annual Energy Outlook, Table 14. Oil and Gas Supply for Reference case and for Side cases
Today in Energy articles related to shale and tight oil

Last update: March 4, 2020, with preliminary data for 2019.


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