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U.S. NatGas, Oil Production Increased in September, EIA Says

Domestic natural gas and crude oil production increased in September compared with both the previous month and September 2016, according to data released on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

U.S. natural gas production was 91.87 Bcf/d in September, a 3.1% increase from 89.10 Bcf/d in August and a 4.8% increase compared with 86.67 Bcf/d in September 2016, EIA said.

Oil production reached 9.48 million b/d in September, a 3.2% increase compared with 9.19 million b/d in August and a 10.8% leap compared with 8.44 million b/d in September 2016.

Texas, the nation's largest natural gas producer, reported 21.87 Bcf/d in September, just a 0.5% increase compared with September 2016. Larger increases came out of Pennsylvania (14.81 Bcf/d, up 5.2% from the year ago period) and Alaska (8.51 Bcf/d, a 2.4% increase).

Other states recording increases compared with September 2016 included Louisiana (6.33 Bcf/d, a 32.9% increase from 4.76 Bcf/d), North Dakota (1.93 Bcf/d, a 19.8% increase from 1.61 Bcf/d), Ohio (5.33 Bcf.d, a 31.2% increase from 4.07 Bcf/d), and West Virginia (4.59 Bcf/d, a 19.7 Bcf/d increase from 3.83 Bcf/d).

Texas also led the way on the crude side of the equation, producing 3.57 million b/d in September, a 13.4% increase from 3.15 million b/d a year earlier, EIA said. Another 1.65 million b/d came out of the Federal Offshore Gulf of Mexico, a 9.9% increase from 1.50 million b/d in September 2016.

Other notable increases came in North Dakota (1.08 million b/d, up 11.9%), Alaska (482,000 b/d, up 6.7%), New Mexico (505,000 b/d, up 26.4%), Oklahoma (469,000 b/d, up 13.9%), and Wyoming (215,000 b/d, up 14.8%).

The crude oil numbers include lease condensate, EIA said. The production numbers were calculated by EIA from data collected on EIA-914 surveys. 

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