Natural Gas Production and Well Counts (since 1935)

History of Texas Initial Natural Gas, Annual Production and Producing Wells

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, initial gas well gas production for 2009 was 6,804,617,582,000 cubic feet. Also, initial gas vented or flared in 2008 was 42,800,000,000 cubic feet.

YearGas Well Gas Production (Mcf)Casinghead Gas Production (Mcf)Total Natural Gas Production (Mcf)Number of  Producing Gas WellsGas Vented or Flared (Bcf)Dry Natural Gas Reserves  as of Jan. 1 (Bcf)
2015 5,981,851,465 2,323,095,582 8,304,947,047 103,526 n/a n/a
2014 6,201,652,554 1,969,576,950 8,171,229,504 104,074 81.8 97,154
2013 6,246,415,524 1,478,703,301 7,725,118,825 103,445 76.1 90,349
2012 5,935,203,512 1,197,035,812 7,132,239,324 102,218 47.5 86,924
2011 6,144,991,447 906,602,764 7,051,594,211 101,831 35.2 98,165
2010 6,421,714,842 824,327,236 7,246,042,078 101,653 39.6 88,997
2009 6,804,617,582 768,415,308 7,573,032,890 101,097 41.2 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      

Reserves data is from Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy.

Natural Gas Production as reported by operators to the Commission approximately February 15th of each year.

Last Updated: 4/21/2016 1:20:21 PM