Canadian oil and natural gas operators are working to manage water use as western provinces face increasingly dry conditions after a mild winter. 

Exploration and production (E&P) companies achieved record natural gas production last winter, according to the latest data from the Canada Energy Regulator. Total marketed natural gas production during December was more than 531 million cubic meters/day (MMcm/d), or 18.8 Bcf/d, the highest level achieved over the last two years. 

Also last winter, however, El Niño led to lower snowpack levels throughout much of Canada, including British Columbia (BC) and Alberta, the two leading gas-producing provinces. 

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