Since the early 2000s, Utah has been home to a rapidly growing and highly successful oil and natural gas production industry. In fact, everything has been moving so quickly that it can be difficult to realize just how big of an impact it has had on our state, our country and the entire world. As an oil field service in Duchesne County, the team at Willies Hot Oil Service Inc. has seen firsthand how much this industry has grown and thrived here. With that in mind, here are ten things you ought to know about oil drilling in Utah:
- In 2013, the United States ranked number one in both production and consumption of crude oil in the world. Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and Canada joined us in the top five for production.
- The state of Utah ranked 11th for crude oil production, and 10th in natural gas production, in 2013. The top five states for crude oil production were Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska and Oklahoma.
- The bulk of oil drilling in Utah occurs in the Unita Basin, which is in Northeastern Utah. The Unita Basin is home to Duchesne County, which Willies Hot Oil Service Inc. is proud to serve.
- The state of Utah is home to three of the top 100 natural gas fields in the entire country: Natural Buttes, Chapita Wells and Red Wash fields.
- Additionally, three of the nation’s top 100 oil fields can also be found in the Beehive State: Monument Butte, Altamont-Bluebell and Greater Aneth fields. Both these and the natural gas fields have brought huge economic development to the region.
- Between 2004 and 2013, oil production in Utah grew dramatically, more than doubling. In fact, Utah produced enough oil for 60 percent of the entire state in 2012. Utah’s oil production in 2014 was the highest it had seen for nearly 30 years. 2014 is the second highest oil producing year on record for the state, second only to 1985.
- Roughly one fourth of the total crude oil production in Utah in 2013 came from Native American tribal lands.
- In the state of Utah, about 5,100 oil wells are currently in operation. Additionally, the state is also home to 7,200 producing natural gas wells.
- A wide range of products beyond automobile gas are made using petroleum. Here are just a few examples of popular consumer goods that are made possible by oil drilling: DVDs, bubble gum, crayons, nail polish, lotion, contact lenses, artificial heart valves, antiseptics and much more.
- And now, here are a few common products made possible through natural gas production: antifreeze, paint, fertilizer, dyes, medicine, film and many different plastic products.
There has never been a better time to be a part of the oil drilling industry in Utah, but you still need the right people by your side. For experienced, reliable and affordable help, you can always turn to the team at Willies Hot Oil Service Inc., your source for oil field service in Duchesne County. Get in touch with us anytime for more information.