Domestic natural gas production in the Lower 48 states fell 0.2%, or 0.15 MMcf/d, in October, the latest month for which statistics are available, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Tuesday. All onshore areas of the Lower 48 experienced a drop in output, including Louisiana where production fell for the first time since December 2009.

Surprisingly, the Gulf of Mexico, where activity has been at a standstill, reported a 0.3% hike in activity to 5.95 Bcf/d, the agency said in its monthly natural gas gross production report.

Total Lower 48 production in October fell to 65.72 Bcf/d in October from 65.87 Bcf/d in September, the EIA said. Lower 48 natural gas production accounted for the bulk of overall U.S. output of 75.16 Bcf/d in October, which was up 0.6% from 74.68 Bcf/d in September.

Both Lower 48 production and total U.S. production were considerably lower a year ago -- 61.44 Bcf/d and 70.82 Bcf/d, respectively.

Although Texas continued to be the single largest producer, its output fell 0.7% to 20.77 Bcf in October. Louisiana, home to the Haynesville Shale, saw production inch down to 6.62 Bcf/d from 6.65 Bcf/d in September.

Oklahoma maintained its status quo at about 5 Bcf/d in October. Production in Wyoming fell to 6.67 Bcf/d in October from 6.71 Bcf/d, while New Mexico dropped 2.6% to 3.73 Bcf/d in October from 3.83 Bcf/d in September.

Alaska gas output climbed 7.2% to 9.44 Bcf/d in October from 8.81 Bcf/d. States outside the major producing states named above had a combined production of 16.99 Bcf/d production, up 0.9% in October.

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