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Top 10 States for Natural Gas Production

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Freelance Writer Arizona

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA but now lives in Arizona. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship and he completed 4 years in the US...

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According to a survey conducted in the year 2015, the total amount of natural gas consumed by US citizens came to 27.31 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). That is a lot of natural gas and the reason why the US, until very recently, imported natural gas to sustain its energy appetite.

The recent advancements in technology and fracking have now made US an exporter of natural gas instead of being an importer, much to the dismay of environmentalists who don’t care about the health of America, job creation, or sustaining a vibrant middle class. For instance, Texas is creating jobs while California is destroying them because California is not utilizing its resources. You cannot get any clearer than that.

In the year 2015 alone, US produced 27.06 Tcf of natural gas which is comparable to what it consumed. Since then, there production capacity has increased by leaps and bounds and this trend will continue as Trump and his team allow oil shale development and energy production to occur on federal lands rather than just allowing that empty space to remain stagnant. On top of this, the technology to harvest energy continues to improve.

Top Five

Here we are going to take a look at the top ten states that produce the largest amount of natural gas:

  1. Texas (as just mentioned) is leading the pack with 7.07 Tcf of natural gas production annually which amounts to 26 percent of the national production in America
  2. Following a behind Texas is Pennsylvania with 4.76 Tcf that stands at 18 percent of US production
  3. Oklahoma comes in third with 2.34 Tcf which is around 9 percent to the total national production
  4. Wyoming stands fourth at 1.75 Tcf contributing 6 percent only.
  5. Louisiana comes in fifth at 1.74, 6 percent too

Bottom Five

Colorado comes in sixth at 1.6 Tcf. Federal Offshore (not a state, offshore drilling, see the fantastic movie Deepwater Horizon) situated in the Gulf of Mexico contributed 1.21 Tcf. New Mexico on the other hand contributed 1.15 Tcf. West Virginia contributed 1.24 Tcf and finally, Arkansas contributed around 1.0 Tcf.

Ignoring Irrational Beliefs

Needless to say, Texas is the reigning champion when it comes to the production of natural gas and produces more natural gas than most countries do. The state has been leading the pack for many years now and by the looks of it, it seems that Texas will continue to dominate the charts for the foreseeable future.

Pennsylvania has made a lot of progress over the years but the difference between the fight for the first and second spot is still too great. But at least they are in the game. New York State (Pennsylvania’s northern neighbor), because of irrational logic, does not even go after its oil shale which is why the job picture in that state is bleak and thousands of people in that state are leaving for better business climates.

Pennsylvania is perhaps the only state in the northeast that has thwarted environmentalist’s plans do destroy their state’s job picture based on fake science. Global warming? The earth’s temperature has been rising and falling for eons; human kind has minimal impact on earth’s temperature. What is more vital is America’s strength and to be able to function without buying energy from suspicious countries.

Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Louisiana, all the three states have made progress over the years. On top of this, fracking is changing America’s energy landscape as already stated and beyond comprehension.

Federal lands have been consistently showing disappointing results with production moving south. Interestingly, President Obama took all the credit for the accomplishments that were made in the natural gas sector over the years.

However, this was condemned by many experts, business insiders, and anyone with a clue who said that politicians often take credit for other people's hard work. If Obama’s EPA had their way, fracking would be outlawed which would make the Saudi’s very happy and the social service departments in many states since they would be working overtime to hand out all those extra food stamps.

America needs natural gas and has plenty of it. And now America is exporting energy which isn’t really icing on the cake but more like an entirely new cake altogether.

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