Texas Natural Gas Facts and Statistics


  • Texas has all or part of 34 of the top 100 U.S. fields, ranked by proved gas reserves.
  • Texas proved gas reserves were 30.3% of total U.S. proved gas reserves in 2007.
  • Texas proved gas reserves (wet) totaled 76.4 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2007, up 16.0% from the 2006 figure. This reflects heavy development activity in the Barnett Shale gas play of Railroad Commission Districts 5, 7B and 9 in northern Texas. Previously, proved gas reserves grew 9.4% in 2006, 13.0% in 2005 and 9.4% in 2004.
  • In Railroad Commission District 5, proved gas reserves totaled 17.27 Tcf in 2007, up 36.6% from the 2006 figure, again representing heavy development activity in the Barnett Shale. That number represents 7.2% of the entire U.S. reserves. By itself, it equals nearly the entire proved gas reserves of New Mexico. Previously, District 5 reserves grew 31.6% in 2006, 46.0% in 2005 and 20.6% in 2004.
  • In Railroad Commission District 7B, proved gas reserves totaled 2.41 Tcf in 2007, up 45.0% from the 2006 figure, again reflecting the Barnett Shale. Previously, District 7B reserves grew 78.4% in 2006 and 156.0% in 2005.
  • In Railroad Commission District 9, proved gas reserves totaled 7.99 Tcf in 2007, up 18.0% from the 2006 figure, also reflecting the Barnett Sha le. Previously, District 9 reserves grew 42.9% in 2006 and 3.9% in 2005.


  • Texas has all or part of 46 of the top 100 U. S. fields, ranked by gas production (2007 volumes).
  • Texas gas production (marketed output) accounted for 32.5% of U.S. gas production in 2008.
  • Texas produced (marketed output) 6.97 Tcf of gas in 2008, up 14.4% from the 2007 figure. Previously, Texas output grew 9.8% in 2007 and 5.1% in 2006. The 2008 figure was the highest level since 1980!
  • In 2007, 89% of Texas gas production was from natural gas wells, while 11% was casinghead gas from oil wells. These figures held steady with the 2006 and 2005 ratios.
  • The number of producing gas wells in Texas was 76,436 in 2007, equal to 16.9% of the U.S. total.
  • The 2007 producing gas well total increased 2.9% from the 2006 figure, reflecting heightened activity in the Barnett Shale and other gas-prone areas. Previously, the Texas producing gas well count had grown 3.6% in 2005, 5.3% in 2004 and 4.2% in 2003.


  • Texas leads the nation in natural gas consumption (volumes delivered to consumers), followed by California, Louisiana, New York and Illinois.
  • Texas gas consumption in 2008 was 3.15 Tcf, up 0.6% from the 2007 figure, and equal to 14.8% of total U.S. consumption. This consumption is equal to 45.2% of the state’s gas production.
  • The 2008 consumption figure includes 1.44 Tcf (45.7% of the state total) for electricity generation, 1.35 Tcf (42.9%) for industrial purposes, 0.19 Tcf (6.0%) for direct residential purposes, and 0.17 Tcf (5.4%) for direct commercial usage.
  • In Texas, net electricity generation fired by natural gas totaled 11,478 thousand mega-watt hours (MWh) in November 2008, accounting for 18.7% of the U.S. total. To provide this electricity generation, 96.562 Bcf of gas were used, equal to 19.9% of the U.S. total.
  • Gas-fired plants accounted for 41.4% of Texas electricity generation in November 2008. In Texas, about 43% of households use natural gas directly for home heating, compared to 51.2% throughout the U.S. Furthermore, 49% of households in Texas use electricity for home heating, compared to 30.3% throughout the U.S. Of course, a major share of that electricity is generated with natural gas.
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