The Facts: Oil and Gas Drilling in America

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The oil and gas industry claims that the only way to address our country’s numerous energy issues is to open more public lands and waters to oil and natural gas drilling. What they don’t tell you is that drilling in America is already occurring at an astonishing pace and in a bewildering number of places. The facts below show that “more drilling” won’t solve America’s energy problems.


More oil and gas drilling occurs in America every year than anywhere else in the world. Since 1950, 2.6 million oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the U.S.1 By the end of 2009 there were a combined total of 824,847 producing oil and gas wells in the United States.2 As of the first week in February 2011, there were 1,739 rotary drilling rigs operating in U.S. lands and waters, more than in any other country in the world.

View the Fact Sheet in its entirety below.