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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.

line chart representing Nebraska's Natural Gas Production from 1950 through 2012.

Nebraska's Natural Gas Production
1950 – 2012

(Thousand Cubic Feet)

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