U.S. Lower 48 gross natural gas production in May declined slightly from April; however, it was still more than 7% above year-ago levels, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday.

During May 69.22 Bcf/d was produced, down slightly from the revised April figure of 69.26 Bcf/d, according to EIA’s Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report. However, May’s figure was up more than 7% from a year ago when 64.62 Bcf/d was produced during May 2010.

By region, the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico saw a 2.9% production decline in May from April, while Louisiana posted a 1.1% gain. New Mexico saw a 0.8% gain; Oklahoma declined by 0.6%, and Texas grew its production by 0.9%. Wyoming saw a drop of 2.6% in May from April levels, while Lower 48 states in the “other” category remained steady with April’s revised production figure.

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