Dick Gibson on Domestic Oil

Dick Gibson has posted some useful information on offshore oil exploration that makes you wonder about the intelligence or honesty of both of politicians who want to ban oil production off the shores of the U.S.  Are they just dumb, or are they on the take from the Middle East countries … or both?

Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Answers to questions about production in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP well blowout.

all of the oil that comes from the Gulf (the US sector) is used in the US. Much of that which comes from the Mexican sector is also used in the US. Except for 20,000-60,000 barrels per day that goes to Canada (exports of convenience, from fields near Canadian refineries), all US-produced crude oil is used in the US.

The offshore, including the Gulf of Mexico, California, and Alaska, produces 37% of all the oil the U.S. produces – more than the state of Texas, more than Alaska, more than Louisiana. The total amount (Dec. 2009) is 2,025,000 barrels per day out of 5,460,000 total US production. Of that offshore total (2,025,000 b/d) 60,000 barrels comes from Federal waters offshore CA and Alaska, an additional 230,000 barrels per day comes from state waters offshore CA and AK, and all the rest (1,734,000 barrels per day) comes from the Gulf of Mexico. 19,000 barrels of that is from the state waters of Louisiana and TX, and the rest is from the Federal waters of the Gulf.

So the total percentage of US oil that comes from the offshore Gulf of Mexico is just under 32%.

Mexico’s production totals 3,200,000 barrels per day (2008) and 80% of that (2,560,000 b/d) is from the offshore Gulf of Mexico. It is not possible to specify exactly where in Mexico our imports come from, but US crude oil imports from Mexico total 996,000 b/d (Feb 2010) and it’s likely that most of that is from the Gulf.

Hello – this page http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/06mexico/background/oil/oil.html shows a figure with locations of 3858 platforms in the US Gulf. Each platform would support multiple individual wells, sometimes as many as 20 or more.

According to World Oil (Feb 2010 issue) at the end of 2009 there were 2237 oil wells in the Federal waters of the Gulf (down 418 from 2008) and 242 in the state waters of Louisiana.

I cannot find specifics for offshore state waters of Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, but it is probably close to 1500 for Texas and a few hundred at most for the other states offshore.

In addition, there were 1850 producing natural gas wells in the Federal waters (down 603 from 2008) and 141 in the Louisiana state waters. Guessing several hundred to a few thousand in the other state waters.

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