The 25 Largest Natural Gas Producers
Dan Dzombak - September 11, 2011
Natural gas production is booming -- so much so that some investors worry that natural gas could be the most dangerous investment in energy.
I disagree, but investors must realize that the huge growth in production is keeping natural gas prices really low, and there will probably be pain before there are large gains. That said, there aregood opportunities in natural gas for investors willing to look.
Getting to the point, the Natural Gas Supply Association released a paper on the largest U.S. natural gas producers. The data was interesting enough that I reproduced the top 25 here.
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Rank
Company
Q2 Production (MMcf/Day)
Q1 Production (MMcf/Day)
Year Ago (MMcf/Day)
1
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)
3,842
3,904
3,909
2
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK)
2,575
2,703
2,497
3
Anadarko (NYSE: APC)
2,326
2,412
2,324
4
Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN)
2,029
1,964
1,982
5
Encana (NYSE: ECA)
1,864
1,801
2,240
6
BP (NYSE: BP)
1,833
1,905
1,875
7
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)
1,651
1,589
1,822
8
Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN)
1,347
1,277
1,077
9
Chevron (NYSE: CVX)
1,299
1,270
1,317
10
Williams Energy (NYSE: WMB)
1,203
1,155
1,099
11
EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG)
1,114
1,134
1,069
12
Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B)
903
1,003
1,145
13
Apache (NYSE: APA)
880
858
675
14
Petrohawk Energy*
841
743
599
15
Occidental (NYSE: OXY)
761
734
681
16
El Paso Energy (NYSE: EP)
629
630
526
17
Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL)
627
600
590
18
QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP)
626
657
554
19
Newfield Exploration (NYSE: NFX)
516
503
564
20
EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO)
489
395
321
21
EQT Resources (NYSE: EQT)
482
446
281
22
Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG)
474
404
318
23
Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL)
378
382
414
24
Range Resources (NYSE: RRC)
361
430
279
25
Pioneer Natural (NYSE: PXD)
337
325
334
Source: Natural Gas Supply Association. 
*Petrohawk Energy was acquired by BHP Billiton in July.