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Main Source: Energy Information Administration

Last updated: April 2015

bullet The world's top five crude oil-producing countries in 2013 were: (1st) United States, (2nd) Saudi Arabia, (3rd) Russia, (4th) China, and (5th) Canada.

bullet The world's top five crude oil consumers in 2013 were: (1st) United States, (2nd) China, (3rd) Japan, (4th) Russia, and (5th) India.

bullet About 35 percent of the crude oil and petroleum products used in the United States during 2013 came from other countries.

bullet The top U.S. crude oil supplier in 2013 was Canada (2,593,000 barrels/day). Saudi Arabia was second, followed by Venezuela, Russia, and then Mexico.

bullet About 17% of the crude oil produced in the United States during 2013 was produced on Federal Offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

bullet The top crude oil-producing states in 2013 were: Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska, and Oklahoma.

bullet Utah ranked 11th in the United States in crude oil production and 10th in gross natural gas production (not including Federal Offshore areas) during 2013.

bullet Utah ranked 9th in the United States in crude oil proved reserves and 11th in natural gas proved reserves (not including Federal Offshore areas) in 2013.

bullet Oil drilling operations and wells are mostly concentrated in the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah.

bullet Utah contains 3 of the top 100 natural gas fields in the United States: Natural Buttes, Chapita Wells, and Red Wash fields.

bullet Utah contains 3 of the top 100 oil fields in the United States: Monument Butte, Altamont-Bluebell, and Greater Aneth fields.

bullet Oil production more than doubled in Utah from 2004 to 2013 and met nearly six-tenths of the state's demand in 2012.

bullet Utah's 2014 oil production was the highest since 1985 and the 2nd highest in state history.

bullet About one-fourth of Utah's total crude oil production in 2013 came from tribal lands.

bullet The Uinta Basin of eastern Utah overlays part of the Green River oil shale, a kerogen-rich formation that, by some estimates, could be the world's largest oil resource. Pilot oil shale projects have been undertaken in the area, but current technology for removing oil from kerogen is costly and water-intensive. Extraction of oil from kerogen is not yet being pursued commercially.

bullet Utah has approximately 5,100 producing oil wells and 7,200 producing natural gas wells.

bullet Products which are made from or use derivatives of petroleum include:
Gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, heating oil, asphalt, ink, crayons, bubble gum, dishwashing liquids, deodorant, eyeglasses, tires, ammonia, clothing, skis, roofing materials, denture adhesive, shampoo, life jackets, toilet seats, linoleum, hand lotion, toothbrushes, upholstery, water pipes, guitar strings, nylon rope, DVD's, nail polish, antiseptics, fertilizers, aspirin, sun glasses, insecticides, perfumes, soap, refrigerant, paint, hair coloring, lipstick, surf boards, tents, movie film, drinking cups, soft contact lenses, heart valves, and much more. Natural gas is an essential raw material for many products, such as: Paints, fertilizer, plastics, antifreeze, dyes, photographic film, medicines, and explosives.

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