U.S. poised to pass Russia as world's top oil and gas producer

|By:, SA News Editor

The increase of U.S. energy output in recent years has been widely discussed, but a WSJ analysis of global data shows the U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world's largest producer of oil and gas this year - if it hasn't already.

The U.S. last year tapped more natural gas than Russia for the first time since 1982, and it's catching up in pumping crude; Russia produced an average 10.8M bbl/day in H1 2013, 900K/day more than the U.S. but down from a difference of 3M bbl/day a few years ago.

The amount of crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale in Texas continues to rise rapidly, while Russian output is expected to remain flat through 2016; that's a big problem for Russia, whose oil exports could fall 25%-30% after 2015, reducing GDP more than $100B. (also)

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