The 25 Largest Natural Gas Producers

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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 are goodopportunities 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.

Rank

Company

Q2 Production (MMcf/Day)

Q1 Production (MMcf/Day)

Year Ago (MMcf/Day)

1ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM) 3,8423,9043,909
2Chesapeake Energy (NYS: CHK) 2,5752,7032,497
3Anadarko (NYS: APC) 2,3262,4122,324
4Devon Energy (NYS: DVN) 2,0291,9641,982
5Encana (NYS: ECA) 1,8641,8012,240
6BP (NYS: BP) 1,8331,9051,875
7ConocoPhillips (NYS: COP) 1,6511,5891,822
8Southwestern Energy (NYS: SWN) 1,3471,2771,077
9Chevron (NYS: CVX) 1,2991,2701,317
10Williams Energy (NYS: WMB) 1,2031,1551,099
11EOG Resources (NYS: EOG) 1,1141,1341,069
12Royal Dutch Shell (NYS: RDS.B) 9031,0031,145
13Apache (NYS: APA) 880858675
14Petrohawk Energy*841743599
15Occidental (NYS: OXY) 761734681
16El Paso Energy (NYS: EP) 629630526
17Ultra Petroleum (NYS: UPL) 627600590
18QEP Resources (NYS: QEP) 626657554
19Newfield Exploration (NYS: NFX) 516503564
20EXCO Resources (NYS: XCO) 489395321
21EQT Resources (NYS: EQT) 482446281
22Cabot Oil & Gas (NYS: COG) 474404318
23Noble Energy (NYS: NBL) 378382414
24Range Resources (NYS: RRC) 361430279
25Pioneer Natural (NYS: PXD) 337325334

Source: Natural Gas Supply Association. 
*Petrohawk Energy was acquired by BHP Billiton in July.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributorDan Dzombakholds no position in any company mentioned. He goes by@DanDzombakon Twitter. The Motley Fool owns shares of El Paso, Ultra Petroleum, Range Resources, and Devon Energy.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Chevron, Range Resources, Chesapeake Energy, and Ultra Petroleum and writing puts in Southwestern Energy. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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