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U.S. NatGas Production Jumped 6.6% in April, EIA Says

U.S. natural gas production was 91.54 Bcf/d in April, up 6.6% compared with 85.88 Bcf/d in April 2014, and only one state reported a decline compared with the year-ago period, according to a revamped production report issued by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Tuesday.

The national total was boosted by production increases from most areas. Oklahoma reported 6.83 Bcf/d (up 9% from 6.27 Bcf/d in April 2014); Texas, 24.26 Bcf/d (up 4.2% from 23.27 Bcf/d); Wyoming, 5.61 Bcf/d (up 4.2% from 5.39 Bcf/d); New Mexico, 3.59 Bcf/d (up 3.0% from 3.48 Bcf/d); Alaska, 9.49 Bcf/d (up 2.7% from 9.24 Bcf/d); and Federal Offshore Gulf of Mexico, 3.54 Bcf/d (up 2.0% from 3.47 Bcf/d).

Only Louisiana saw a decline, reporting 5.40 Bcf/d, down 2.6% compared with 5.55 Bcf/d in April 2014.

For the first time, EIA included in the monthly natural gas production survey state-level data from 10 states, including some of the most shale-rich names previously grouped into its "Other States" category. Production in those 10 states in April was led by Pennsylvania, which reported 13.13 Bcf/d. Other states included in the report for the first time were Arkansas (2.89 Bcf/d), California (591 MMcf/d), Colorado (4.68 Bcf/d), Montana (161 MMcf/d), North Dakota (1.55 Bcf/d), Ohio (2.38 Bcf/d), Utah (1.26 Bcf/d) and West Virginia (3.69 Bcf/d). The restructured Other States category reported 1.68 Bcf/d.

Last year, EIA proposed collecting state-level data from an additional 14 states, a change the agency said would raise to 92% the sample coverage of total U.S. gross gas production (see Daily GPI, Nov. 12, 2014; May 6, 2014). The Office of Management and Budget told EIA it could begin including breakout data for 10 of the proposed states.

EIA also proposed to collect crude oil and lease condensate production data for the 19 states and the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico. The agency said Tuesday it expects to report survey-based estimates for crude oil production, including lease condensate, beginning later this summer, and monthly crude oil production by API gravity category for each state later this year.

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