They rarely dominate the headlines, and their executives tend to dodge the spotlight. But make no mistake, private E&Ps across the U.S. produce such a significant volume of oil and natural gas that the nation wouldn’t have gained its leading role in geopolitics without their supply.

Enverus analyst Justin Lepore analyzed the production of top private E&P producers for Hart Energy’s readers. Below are the leading private oil and gas operators. 

Top 20 Private oil and gas operators


Ranked: The Top 100 Private E&Ps

Top 15 Private E&Ps in the Midcontinent, Gulf Coast

Top Private E&Ps in Eastern U.S., GoM

Top 20 Private E&Ps in the Permian, Rockies