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Natural Gas Production and Well Counts (1935-2012)

History of Texas Intial Crude Oil, Annual Production and Producing Wells

Please note: This table lists initially reported production for both onshore and offshore wells. As additional late or corrected reports are received, the initially reported production volumes are subject to change. Some numbers below are reflected in thousands or billions of cubic feet as indicated. For example, actual gas well gas production for 2009 was 6,804,617,582,000 cubic feet. Also, actual gas vented or flared in 2008 was 42,800,000,000 cubic feet.

Year Gas Well Gas Production (in thousands of cubic feet (Mcf)) Casinghead Gas Production (in thousands of cubic feet (Mcf)) Total Natural Gas Production (in thousands of cubic feet (Mcf)) Number of Producing Gas Wells Gas Vented or Flared (in billions of cubic feet (Bcf)) Natural Gas Reserves as of Jan. 1 (in billions of cubic feet (Bcf))
2012 5,935,203,512 1,197,035,812 7,132,239,324 102,218 48.0 n/a
2011 6,144,991,447 906,602,764 7,051,594,211 101,831 35.4 98,165
2010 6,421,714,842 824,327,236 7,246,042,078 101,653 39.9 88,997
2009 6,804,617,582 768,415,308 7,573,032,890 101,097 41.5 80,424
2008 6,539,009,146 732,805,415 7,271,814,561 96,502 42.8 77,546
2007 5,715,537,597 705,837,400 6,421,374,997 88,311 36.9 72,091
2006
5,390,179,617
687,606,318
6,077,785,935
83,218
43.4
61,836
2005
5,012,083,535
688,529,179
5,700,612,714
76,510
38.9
56,507
2004
4,892,609,499
924,617,250
5,817,226,749
72,237
27.1
49,955
2003
4,832,295,310
837,916,652
5,671,689,242
68,488
23.9
45,730
2002
4,781,077,461
830,880,242
5,611,957,703
65,686
27.5
44,297
2001
4,819,912,750
848,689,541
5,668,602,291
63,598
27.0
43,527
2000
4,776,483,547
869,308,462
5,645,792,009
60,486
32.2
42,082
1999
4,660,211,042
878,718,388
5,538,929,430
59,088
35.2
37,581
1998
4,803,638,408
968,441,421
5,772,079,829
58,436
41.1
37,761
1997
4,742,580,593
1,072,164,140
5,814,744,733
56,736
48.2
38,270
1996
4,676,681,555
1,093,573,093
5,770,254,648
55,052
45.6
36,540
1995
4,525,846,369
1,146,258,760
5,672,105,129
53,612
46.4
35,974
1994
4,459,255,187
1,216,493,083
5,675,748,270
52,614
42.3
34,718
1993
4,299,008,314
1,307,489,407
5,606,497,721
50,794
34.6
35,093
1992
4,131,085,507
1,305,322,101
5,436,407,608
49,839
19.8
36,174
1991
4,210,356,522
1,299,633,025
5,509,989,547
49,825
30.8
38,192
1990
4,240,534,816
1,293,235,723
5,533,770,539
49,989
28.4
38,381
1989
4,274,134,077
1,321,055,903
5,595,189,980
50,017
29.9
38,167
1988
4,333,737,533
1,368,906,203
5,702,643,736
49,577
32.0
38,711
1987
4,161,849,537
1,354,374,692
5,516,224,229
42,674
29.5
40,574
1986
4,227,769,500
1,435,721,098
5,663,490,598
42,007
26.2
41,775
1985
4,315,171,102
1,489,926,929
5,805,098,031
43,624
30.9
49,883
1984
4,374,378,526
1,489,845,298
5,864,223,824
44,471
32.4
50,052
1983
4,227,636,672
1,415,546,191
5,643,182,863
44,111
28.6
49,757
1982
4,721,572,710
1,392,277,794
6,113,850,504
42,772
33.2
50,469
1981
5,376,163,312
1,356,878,719
6,733,042,031
40,153
33.1
50,287
1980
5,675,595,010
1,322,296,207
6,997,891,217
37,345
29.0
53,021
1979
5,775,570,824
1,340,247,339
7,115,818,163
35,377
27.5
55,583
1978
5,690,601,922
1,386,498,376
7,077,100,298
33,157
25.7
56,422
1977
6,150,029,884
1,414,605,290
7,564,635,174
31,434
27.5
64,651
1976
6,247,330,373
1,460,988,470
7,708,318,843
28,026
30.6
71,036
1975
6,491,849,189
1,560,262,733
8,052,111,922
26,184
31.5
78,540
1974
7,068,268,065
1,839,160,750
8,907,428,815
24,635
34.6
84,936
1973
7,322,579,995
2,018,102,992
9,340,682,987
23,595
41.9
95,042
1972
7,450,363,616
2,152,266,013
9,602,629,629
23,373
60.1
101,472
1971
7,367,204,617
2,203,426,957
9,570,631,574
23,280
70.6
106,352
1970
7,204,522,710
2,245,335,308
9,449,858,018
23,417
100.9
112,392
1969
6,838,026,114
2,125,458,089
8,963,484,203
23,689
112.1
119,001
1968
6,512,818,553
2,100,053,643
8,612,872,196
23,805
125.3
125,415
1967
6,314,445,633
2,022,348,049
8,336,793,682
23,760
130.1
123,609
1966
6,258,199,039
1,839,765,501
8,097,964,540
23,716
110.2
120,616
1965
6,132,764,258
1,721,780,862
7,854,545,120
23,570
104.0
118,855
1964
5,846,879,988
1,707,287,547
7,554,167,535
22,995
117.5
117,809
1963
5,530,700,927
1,682,973,822
7,213,674,749
22,016
133.0
119,503
1962
5,258,336,700
1,647,302,820
6,905,639,520
20,834
129.2
119,838
1961
5,126,897,899
1,667,118,864
6,794,016,763
19,831
125.5
119,489
1960
5,017,874,190
1,657,295,605
6,675,169,795
18,612
131.2
120,475
1959
4,707,673,353
1,714,236,548
6,421,909,901
16,752
154.7
115,045
1958
4,383,259,164
1,666,868,115
6,050,127,279
15,349
161.9
113,084
1957
4,209,022,841
1,827,840,669
6,036,863,510
13,681
220.5
112,728
1956
4,196,274,738
1,808,459,532
6,004,734,270
12,503
268.2
108,287
1955
4,061,169,733
1,679,288,713
5,740,458,446
11,793
270.2
105,129
1954
3,955,492,811
1,555,169,157
5,510,661,968
11,224
255.3
106,529
1953
3,835,635,847
1,479,135,184
5,314,771,031
10,257
297.3
105,732
1952
3,779,106,990
1,310,269,791
5,089,376,781
9,202
184.4
105,653
1951
3,518,486,197
1,155,049,259
4,673,535,456
8,296
47.4
102,404
1950
3,099,606,096
924,570,897
4,024,176,993
7,310
28.4
99,170
1949
2,739,790,600
770,732,048
3,510,522,648
6,493
41.9
95,708
1948
2,540,917,386
707,303,721
3,248,221,107
5,570
102.4
90,025
1947
2,231,430,080
706,070,607
2,937,500,687
5,438
97.8
86,363
1946
2,098,867,220
664,545,023
2,763,412,243
5,122
108.5
78,306
1945
2,065,266,423
599,911,322
2,665,177,745
4,658
119.0
 
1944
1,907,704,332
527,013,593
2,434,717,925
3,962
111.6
 
1943
1,683,920,809
438,647,209
2,122,568,018
3,800
91.1
 
1942
1,508,794,000
402,328,000
1,911,122,000
3,685
82.0
 
1941
1,382,830,000
427,462,000
1,810,292,000
3,553
101.1
 
1940
1,087,089,000
452,238,000
1,539,327,000
3,403
132.7
 
1939
872,286,000
442,773,000
1,315,059,000
3,246
142.4
 
1938
705,908,000
393,367,000
1,099,275,000
3,158
137.2
 
1937
658,713,000
335,175,000
993,888,000
2,943
91.3
 
1936
575,275,000
269,463,000
844,738,000
2,717
100.8
 
1935
 
 
642,366,000
 
 
 
1934
 
 
602,976,000
 
 
 
1933
 
 
475,691,000
 
 
 
1932
 
 
456,832,000