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

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that about 4.25 million barrels per day of crude oil were produced directly from tight oil resources in the United States in 2016. This was equal to about 48% of total U.S. crude oil production in 2016. Tight oil is oil embedded in low-permeable shale, sandstone, and carbonate rock formations.

Learn more:
Tight oil production estimates
Crude Oil Production (historical data)
Energy Explained: Where our oil comes from
Annual Energy Outlook, Table 14. Oil and gas supply
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Last updated: June 22, 2017


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