Two shale counties in Texas dominated the landscape, though crude oil production is holding relatively stable, data from the state show. The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state energy regulator, reported preliminary production of crude oil averaged 2.38 million barrels per day in September, less than 1 percent lower than the previous month and 1.6 percent lower than for September 2015. Texas is the No. 1 oil producer in the United States and, over the past 12 months, produced 995 million barrels of crude oil. A recent survey, meanwhile, from the U.S. Geological Survey found the Wolfcamp shale reserve within the Permian basin in Texas could be the largest oil and gas deposit ever assessed in the country. State data show Midland […]