Chesapeake Energy has overtaken Devon Energy as the largest producer in the Barnett Shale, at least through the year's first seven months, according to Texas Railroad Commission figures. (See note below.) Devon was long the leader, owing to its 2002 purchase of Barnett pioneer Mitchell Energy. But in July, Chesapeake edged out Devon in production during 2012, 285.6 billion cubic feet to 284.6 bcf. XTO Energy is third at 170.3 bcf. A link to the Railroad Commission's Barnett Shale data page, which has data on permits, wells and the top 10 producers, is here.
Editor's note: Since publishing this, we've heard from Chesapeake and Devon, who both questioned the Railroad Commission's rankings. Chesapeake says they have determined that their production is correct, but Devon has its doubts and is checking. We'll post an update when we're sure about who's No. 1 in the Barnett Shale.
-- Jim Fuquay