Crude oil production in the US hit its highest level since 1972 in 2015 – with the highest production gains in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and North Dakota.
These three regions accounted for 77% of the US’ total increase. However, since then production has since declined and since April 2015, monthly US crude oil production has declined as a result of lower oil prices, which led to slower development activity.
As a result, production fell to 8.74 million barrels per day in August 2016.
Texas remains the largest crude oil producing state – providing 3.46 million barrels at its peak in 2015. Production in Texas grew by 289,000 barrels per day in 2015 – the largest increase of any state.
The federal offshore region of the Gulf of Mexico came in second in both absolute level and 2015 increases followed by North Dakota.