Mapping Oil Production In Texas
It will certainly come as no surprise to anyone that Texas has long been regarded as one of the foremost oil producing states in the nation. It will probably not cause any raised eyebrows to reveal that, if the state of Texas were its own independent nation, it would immediately become one of the highest producers of oil in the world. Simply put, Texas is an oil producing giant. Despite the recent inroads made by other states, such as Alaska and especially North Dakota, it seems unlikely that the great state of Texas will relinquish its crown any time soon.
Deep In The Heart Of Texas
There are very few areas in Texas where no trace of oil can be found. Apart from the very Western tip, where the desert reigns supreme, and a small swath of land cutting across the Eastern interior, the state is abundantly rich in reserves of black gold. Oil production is the king of the Texas economy, with very few rivals. Companies such as Sentry Energy Production own many oil producing wells throughout the state, with billions of dollars in profit resulting from their holdings.
Where The Oil Fields Lie In Texas
A recent survey conducted by the Texas Railroad Commission aimed to set out exactly where the oil fields were richest in their production of black gold. The survey was conducted according to rigorous standards between June of 2012 and the succeeding June of 2013. The results were far from surprising, but still quite telling.
There are two major oil producing regions in the state of Texas, namely the Eagle Ford Shale (located in the southern region of the state, near the border with Mexico), and the Permian Basin (located in the western region of the state, near the border with New Mexico). Between them, these two regions pump out hundreds of millions of barrels per year.
Karnes County Is Number One For Oil Production
The survey also revealed the location of the number one oil producing county in all of Texas. The undisputed champion turned out to be Karnes County, an area located in the Eagle Ford Shale region some 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. This area produces an average amount of 46 million barrels of oil per year. This astonishing figure is unmatched by any other region in the state, although there are plenty of other areas that come more than reasonably close.
The Only Dry Regions
There are only three areas to be found in the entire state of Texas that do not produce any oil to speak of. These are the Hill Country (an elevated area, running from north to south, that bisects the central region of the state), the extreme northeast region (located in the Texas Panhandle), and the extreme southwestern portion that borders on the Sonora Desert and the adjoining regions of New Mexico and Mexico. Every other region of the state contributes in some way, great or small, to the oil producing activity that continues to fuel the Texas economy.
Forecast For The Future
With the recent advent of drastically reduced gas prices, it seems that the might of the American economy has finally reasserted itself. Texas oil production is a major player in this welcome development. Despite the perils and tribulations that undoubtedly lie ahead, there is every reason to believe that oil production in the great state of Texas will continue to be a major part of America’s superpower economy.