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Lower 48 Output Inches Higher in September

Lower 48 U.S. natural gas production during September increased by 0.6%, or 0.45 Bcf/d, from August and was up by nearly 3.9%, or 2.73 Bcf/d, from a year ago, according to the most recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

September production was 73.05 Bcf/d. The revised figure for August production was 72.6 Bcf/d, and September 2011 production was 70.32 Bcf/d.

The EIA's Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report showed that the "other states" category charted the largest sequential increase at 1.9%, or 0.43 Bcf/d, thanks to new wells coming online in the Marcellus Shale and other plays.

Texas production grew by 0.5%, or 0.12 Bcf/d, from August as operators reported new wells in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville shale plays, EIA said. Gulf of Mexico production increased 1.4%, or 0.05 Bcf/d, as production resumed for many operators following Hurricane Isaac. Production in Oklahoma grew by a modest 0.2%, or 0.01 Bcf/d.

Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming all charted declines in production during September from August levels.

The Pelican State's production declined by 1%, or 0.08 Bcf/d. New Mexico production was off by 0.8%, or 0.03 Bcf/d. And Wyoming production declined by 0.8%, or 0.05 Bcf/d.

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