As goes the weather, so goes demand for U.S. natural gas supply this summer and beyond, with global turmoil a continuing wildcard, according to a veteran industry executive.

Lower gas production has been attributed in part to planned maintenance, but the U.S. gas rig count also bears watching, Marex North America LLC’s Steve Blair, senior account executive, said during a podcast with NGI’s Kevin Dobbs, senior markets editor.

Baker Hughes Co. in the past few weeks has reported an up-and-down picture for the number of active gas drilling rigs working in the Lower 48. How much U.S. gas production could be lost through rig attrition remains a question. 

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