Nevada's Oil Heyday Decades Ago

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that Nevada produced 30,000 barrels of crude oil in June, the lowest monthly total for the state since the agency began publishing data in 1981.

Nevada's most productive stretch was from September 1984 through January 1993, when production exceeded 200,000 barrels each month. Peak production was achieved in November 1992, when 376,000 barrels was produced.

The last time Nevada produced even 100,000 barrels was in May 1997. Production in Nevada steadily declined since then.

Nevada produced 408,000 barrels of crude oil in 2011, ranking 26th among the 31 states for which the agency keeps records. Texas topped the list with 529,951,000 barrels produced last year.

Going back to 1981, Nevada's most productive year was in 1990, when the state produced 4,011,000 barrels of crude oil. Last year's production in Nevada was roughly one-tenth of the peak year in 1990.


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