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Where Do Crude Imports Come From?

Jennifer Hiller
San Antonio Express

July 18, 2013

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota are two relatively new oil fields that experts say can help the country offset foreign imports.

Just how much crude oil comes into the U.S.? The country in April was importing around 7.7 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

(The Eagle Ford in April was producing around 536,000 barrels of crude oil per day, according to the Texas Railroad Commission. The Bakken produced 735,000 barrels per day in May, according to Bloomberg News).
The EIA says U.S. imports are coming mostly from Canada (2.5 million barrels daily), Saudi Arabia (1.1 million barrels), Mexico (905,000 barrels), Venezuela (811,000 barrels), Iraq (455,000 barrels), Colombia (440,000 barrels), Nigeria (320,000 barrels), Ecuador (310,000 barrels) and Kuwait (232,000 barrels).

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