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Natural Gas Production in Nebraska

Natural gas production for 2012 was 1.3 billion cubic feet, which was 35 percent less than the 2011 production of 2.0 billion cubic feet. The record high was in the year 1960 when 28.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas was produced. Natural gas production for 2008 was 3.1 billion cubic feet, nearly double the production (98 percent) from 2007 when production was 1.6 billion cubic feet. The increase in 2008 was due to high natural gas prices. More information can be found in the report Natural Gas Production by County.

In 2011, Nebraskans consumed 171.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Consumption is not available for more recent years. Nebraska's natural gas production in 2011 was 2.0 billion cubic feet which represented only 1.2 percent of the natural gas consumed in the state.

Nebraska's Natural Gas Production
1950 – 2012

(Thousand Cubic Feet)

Year Cubic Feet
1950 1,881
1951 3,678,600
1952 5,232,091
1953 6,467,053
1954 6,328,683
1955 10,264,632
1956 14,543,124
1957 15,041,526
1958 26,609,513
1959 18,243,908
Year Cubic Feet
1960 28,189,817
1961 16,385,851
1962 14,644,383
1963 12,909,175
1964 9,303,924
1965 11,790,398
1966 11,097,418
1967 9,884,224
1968 9,146,108
1969 7,240,347
Year Cubic Feet
1970 6,184,845
1971 4,955,127
1972 4,646,995
1973 4,579,029
1974 4,583,565
1975 3,884,635
1976 5,200,371
1977 2,796,144
1978 2,882,045
1979 3,224,877
Year Cubic Feet
1980 2,500,276
1981 2,712,781
1982 2,279,799
1983 2,091,328
1984 2,300,268
1985 1,944,569
1986 1,403,485
1987 1,260,540
1988 910,468
1989 878,517
Year Cubic Feet
1990 793,142
1991 783,503
1992 1,176,501
1993 2,114,246
1994 2,898,337
1995 2,239,897
1996 1,875,997
1997 1,669,685
1998 1,694,625
1999 1,396,844
Year Cubic Feet
2000 1,218,420
2001 1,209,030
2002 1,192,599
2003 1,470,788
2004 1,498,780
2005 1,200,925
2006 1,217,450
2007 1,559,564
2008 3,083,488
2009 2,916,387
Year Cubic Feet
2010 2,253,556
2011 1,979,849
2012 1,288,929
2013 NA
2014 NA
2015 NA
2016 NA
2017 NA
2018 NA
2019 NA

Sources: "Nebraska Oil Activity Summary." Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sidney, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

This report was updated on September 17, 2013. Typically, there is one year between updates.