Operating Areas

Operations at BP's North America Gas Durango facility in Colorado USA, which drills for natural gas in the San Juan Basin. Based in Durango, BP’s Colorado operations supply customers with clean-burning natural gas

North America gas operations

BP has been operating in the onshore US for nearly a century and is continuing to invest billions of dollars to help build a more secure and sustainable energy future. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel for powering homes and businesses and is the bridge to renewable energy.

Unconventional gas

BP’s NA Gas production is literally between a rock and a hard place. With nearly 90 percent of the company’s onshore resources in tight gas, shale and coal-bed methane, NA Gas operates across the spectrum of unconventional gas plays. 

In 2012, BP acquired about 100,000 acres in leasehold agreements in the Utica/Point Pleasant area of north eastern Ohio. The Utica play is a relatively new and promising shale basin with the potential for significant liquids-rich gas. 

BP made a major move into shale gas plays in 2008 with its acquisition of the Woodford Shale in the Arkoma Basin and a joint venture in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas. In 2009, BP formed a strategic partnership with Lewis Energy in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. Combined with our existing Haynesville Shale position in East Texas, shale is an important growing piece of the BP portfolio in the US. Our NA Gas operations encompass some of the best basins in the East and West areas of the Lower 48.


BP's NA Gas is one of the largest natural gas producers in the state, with major operations in south-central and western Wyoming covering more than 2,500 square miles. Anchored around its giant Wamsutter tight gas operations, BP's gross operated production in the state totals about 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from about 2,000 wells.

San Juan Basin

The San Juan Basin is located in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. BP operates in both states with local operating centers in Durango, Colo., and Farmington, N.M. In Colorado BP is the top natural gas producer and operates more than 1,500 wells, most of which are unconventional. On the New Mexico portion of the Basin, BP operates over 2,100 gas wells. The vast majority of these wells are conventional, however the company has about 100 coalbed methane wells in the world class Fruitland area.


BP was an early pioneer of Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry and remains a major upstream presence today. It is home to significant BP assets including major natural gas producing areas in the Arkoma Basin in eastern Oklahoma with an operations center located in Wilburton. In 2008 BP acquired a large operating interest in the Woodford Shale in the eastern part of the state, as well as a 25 percent interest in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas.


Texas & Texas Panhandle

BP’s operations in the Anadarko Basin are extensive with operating responsibilities for 1,900 wells. Initially discovered in 1917, the basin is located on about 15,000 square miles in western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. The company's local operations center is located in Amarillo, Texas.

East Texas

BP’s operations center in Longview, Texas, predominantly operates gas wells in eastern Texas. The East Texas basin is one of North America’s most prolific oil and gas production areas, where BP operates over 900 wells from conventional and tight gas reservoirs. In 2009 BP furthered its entry investment in the US shale plays through a joint venture with Lewis Energy in the Eagle Ford shale located in South Texas.


BP leased about 100,000 acres in the Utica/Point Pleasant area of north eastern Ohio, a relatively new and promising shale basin with the potential for significant liquids-rich gas. With an operations center in Trumbull County, the company is pursuing an appraisal program that will help determine its development activities in the basin.