Colorado has been a national leader in fossil fuel production. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in Colorado is 7th in the nation in natural gas production, 7th in oil production, and 11th in coal production. Coal production in the state, however, has decreased significantly from the peak of almost 40 million short tons in 2004 to under 19 million short tons in 2015.
Conversely, oil and gas production have each risen significantly since the early part of the 2000s. Oil production in particular has risen very steeply since the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing began in the state around 2011.
Last updated: October 5, 2017 at 16:45 pm