Kansas oil production rose in 2014, gas dropped

Oil rig (KSN FILE)
Oil Pump (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Newly released numbers show oil production is increasing in Kansas and that natural gas production continues to decline.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Geological Survey released production numbers for 2014 on Monday. They showed that Kansas produced about 49.5 million barrels of oil last year, marking a 5.7 percent increase from 2013.

Despite falling prices, last year’s oil production was at its highest level in Kansas since 1995.

Meanwhile, natural gas production fell by 2.5 percent to about 287.6 billion cubic feet. With a one-year exception, production in Kansas has dropped every year since 1996.

Ellis County was the top oil producer in Kansas, with about 3.4 million barrels in 2014. Harper County wasn’t far behind, with 2.9 million barrels.

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