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Recent data from the Railroad Commission of Texas suggests that Eagle Ford Shale natural gas production has stabilized and could be entering decline; however, “…data are incomplete for the most recent past, and we would not give too much weight to what the last six months indicate,” Barclays Commodities Research said in a note. While the data are not quite timely, they do show that gas-well gas production has been declining since December 2011 and was down 322 MMcf/d from that peak to August 2012, Barclays said. However, gas output from oil wells increased 317 MMcf/d in the same period, leaving aggregate Eagle Ford production essentially unchanged, the firm said. “Gas-well gas output has closely followed gas-directed drilling activity, with a two-month lag,” Barclays said. “So far, the upward march of oil-well gas output has largely offset the gas-well gas declines. But the pace of growth of oil and the associated gas production appears to be slowing. Associated gas output grew just 20 MMcf/d from August to December 2012. While incomplete data could be a culprit, this trajectory is consistent with oil-directed drilling trends.”