Texas has the nation’s No. 1 oil field

One Texas oil field has produced more than twice as much crude as any other field in the United States in recent decades.

According to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the Eagleville field in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas is the number one oil field in the nation, churning out 238 million barrels in 2013 — enough to meet national oil demands for about 12.5 days.

The next ranking field, the Spraberry Formation, which is also in Texas, produced nearly 100 million barrels that year. Texas had two other fields, Briscoe Ranch and the Wasson, in the top ten; Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico were second in the group, while Colorado and California each had one.

Texas showed a significantly stronger presence in the EIA’s current top ten than it did in the agency’s last report in 2009.

In that report, Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay was the largest oil field by production, before the Eagleville field was discovered and before hydraulic fracturing ushered in the U.S shale boom.

But amid a troubled shale industry, Eagleville continuing as a top producing field could be in doubt — at the recent IHS Energy CERAWeek conference in Houston, a Weatherford executive said that half of U.S. fracking companies could be sold or dead this year because of the commodities price slump.

The top 100 oil fields in the nation. Texas' Eagleville field ranked number one based on 2013 production numbers.
The top 100 oil fields in the nation. Texas’ Eagleville field ranked number one based on 2013 production numbers.
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