In November 2017 — the latest month for which full numbers are available — crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels per day. That’s the highest figure since November 1970, when the U.S. produced 10.044 million barrels per day on average.
Over the last 10 years, production has roughly doubled. From 2000 through 2010, American production fluctuated between 4 and 6 million barrels per day, federal data show, before beginning to climb at the beginning of this decade.
Texas led the way in setting the 48-year record, producing 3.89 million barrels each day last November, the Energy Information Administration said in its report.
Natural gas production also has skyrocketed, lessening the country’s dependence on foreign imports and putting the U.S. in a position to be a major exporter of fuel for the first time in decades.