Based upon statistics published by the United States Energy Information Administration, these are the ten states in the United States that produce the most natural gas on a yearly basis.
While natural gas production has increased by an impressive 25% over the last six years in the United States, increases in natural gas production have been dwarfed by increases in oil production in the United States in recent years.
Natural gas supplies roughly 25% of energy consumed in the United States today. Natural gas is used by electric utilities, industrial companies, residential users, and commercial sectors, with no one segment dominating the others.
Top Ten Natural Gas Producing States in the United States
1. Texas – 7,838,866 million cubic feet
By a large margin, the state of Texas produces the most natural gas in the United States. Texas produced 7,838,866 million cubic feet of natural gas in 2012. That was well over 28% of the 25,319,457 million cubic feet of natural gas produced in the United States in 2012.
Texas also consumes the most natural gas of any state on a yearly basis. Over the last five years or so, natural gas production has increased some 18% in the Lone Star State.
2. Louisiana – 3,002,937
Louisiana is the second largest producer of natural gas in the United States. It produced over three million cubic feet in 2012. Natural gas production in Louisiana was relatively flat from 2011 to 2012, but production doubled from 2009 (1.5 million cubic feet) to 2011 (3.03 million).
3. Wyoming – 2,055,244
Wyoming produced the third most natural gas in 2012 at 2.06 million cubic feet. Highly impressive, but natural gas production in Wyoming is the same today as it was in 2007.
4. Oklahoma – 2,021,001
Oklahoma produced 2,021,001 cubic feet of natural gas in 2012. That is the fourth most in the country, and is up some 13% from 2007.
5. Pennsylvania – 2,000,000 (estimate)
Pennsylvania produced an estimated 2,000,000 million cubic feet of natural gas in 2012. Without any doubt, the state of Pennsylvania has had the biggest boom in natural gas production in the United States in recent years.
The state of Pennsylvania only produced 182,277 million cubic feet of natural gas in 2007, so production has just skyrocketed in the Keystone State, as energy producers have tapped into the Marcellus Shale reserves.
6. Colorado – 1,637,576 (2011)
Natural gas production has been steadily increasing in the state of Colorado, which produced 1,637,576 million cubic feet in 2011. That was up roughly 32% from 2007.
7. New Mexico – 1,266,099
While New Mexico ranks seventh in natural gas production in the United States, its production is down over 16% since 2007.
8. Arkansas – 1,072,212 (2011)
After Pennsylvania, Arkansas has seen the second largest increases in natural gas production. In 2007, Arkansas produced 269,886 million cubic feet of natural gas. That figure grew astronomically to 1,072,212 in 2011.
9. Utah – 457,525 (2011)
Natural gas production in Utah has risen 21.5% since 2007.
10. West Virginia – 394,125 (2011)
Natural gas production has risen almost 71% in West Virginia since 2007. Most of that increase came from 2010 to 2011, which saw a one year increase of 48.6%, as natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale formation is booming in West Virginia.