Fracking now accounts for more than half of all US oil output, according to the Energy Information Administration.
In comparison, fracking only accounted for 2% of American oil production in 2000.
In 2000 there were 23,000 fracking wells pumping approximately 102,000 barrels of oil a day. Today there are more than 300,000 fracking wells that produce 4.3 million barrels per day.
Fracking “has allowed the United States to increase its oil production faster than at any time in its history,” the EIA said in recent report.
Over the last decade America has become a power player in oil production, trailing only Saudi Arabia and Russia.
It is largely because of US oil production increases that the oil glut has forced prices down by 75% since mid-2014.