Barnett Shale producers lead way in U.S. rankings

Energy producers active in North Texas' Barnett Shale, the nation's largest natural-gas-producing field, dominate a new Energy Department list of the top 100 operators based on 2009 proven U.S. gas reserves.

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.

Fort Worth-based Range Resources ranked 17th in reserves. It has substantial Barnett properties but has put them up for sale.
 
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