The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energizing Texas

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 22, 2016

One way to look at oil and natural gas production in Texas – it leads the 50 states in both – is that if Texas were its own country it would rank in the top 10 among the nations of the world in oil and gas output. Texas is its own energy giant.

texas_thumbClick on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Lone Star State.

In 2015, Texas crude oil output was 1.26 billion barrels, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Texas produced 7.8 trillion cubic feet of marketed natural gas last year.

State oil production during the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance – harnessing oil and natural gas from shale and other tight-rock formations through hydraulic fracturing – grew nearly 200 percent from 2000 to 2015. It’s a credit to vast shale plays – the Barnett, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin plays – and lots of private investment.

Texas also hosts 27 petroleum refineries with a capacity of more than 5.1 million barrels per day, accounting for approximately 29 percent of U.S. refining capacity, EIA says.

Certainly, Texas is a leading reason the United States is the world’s No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas, which has boosted our economy and made our country more secure in the world. Sustaining and increasing that output depends on implementing pro-development policies that will foster safe and responsible exploration and production. Page 2 of the infographic shows the benefits of such policies, as well as the potential negative effects of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Texas and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.