Major Barnett operators also rank among the leading companies in 2009 U.S. gas production.
London- and Houston-based BP, which isn't a significant player in the Barnett, was No. 1 in both U.S. gas reserves and production last year but has sold a large chunk of U.S. properties this year. Ranking 2 through 10 in reserves are Chesapeake Energy, XTO Energy, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, EOG Resources, Encana Oil & Gas and Williams Cos. All have sizable Barnett operations except Anadarko.
Fort Worth-based XTO was bought for $36 billion in June by Irving-based Exxon Mobil, which immediately became the biggest U.S. gas producer. Devon and Chesapeake rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Barnett Shale production.