Arkansas No. 4 Shale Gas Producer in United States

Shale gas production helped gross withdrawals of natural gas in the United States reach a record high of 82 billion cubic feet per day in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Arkansas has become the fourth-largest shale gas-producing state, accounting for 2.8 billion cubic feet per day, or 9 percent, of U.S. shale gas production in 2013. All of the state’s shale gas production growth came from the Fayetteville Shale Play.

Withdrawals from shale gas wells rose from 5 billion cubic feet per day in 2007 to 33 Bcf per day last year. This accounted for 40 percent of total natural gas production and exceeded the production from nonshale natural gas wells.

In 2007, shale gas wells comprised 8 percent of natural gas produced in the U.S.; 63 percent of that shale gas came from Texas. Since then, the distribution of shale gas production by state has changed significantly, especially in Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arkansas. These states accounted for 26 Bcf per day, or 79 percent, of U.S. shale production in 2013.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration