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Energizing Mississippi

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 1, 2016

Oil production in Mississippi is rising after slowly declining from the mid-1980s through 2005. Since 2006, production has climbed 43.5 percent, and the state ranks 14th in the country in oil output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).   

miss_thumbnailClick on the thumbnail to open a two-page energy infographic for the Magnolia State.

Beyond oil production, Mississippi is home to three crude oil refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 364,000 barrels per day. That’s about 2 percent of total U.S. capacity, EIA says. Other energy infrastructure includes three petroleum product pipelines and numerous interstate natural gas pipelines.

Natural gas has the leading role in energizing Mississippi. It accounted for 38 percent of the energy the state used in 2014, more than any other energy source. Natural gas was responsible for 71 percent of the state’s net generation of electricity in 2015, but nuclear and coal also assist in power generation.

Mississippi is another state with a key part in America’s energy resurgence, one that has made the U.S. the world leader in oil and natural gas production. By enacting a set of pro-development policies, the domestic energy renaissance can be extended and increase. Page 2 of the infographic shows the benefits of a pro-energy approach, contrasted with the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Mississippi and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.