Output dropped to 72.54 billion cubic feet a day from a revised 72.68 billion in November, the department’s Energy Information Administration said in the monthly EIA-914 report, released at noon today in Washington.
Total U.S. gas production dropped 0.3 percent to 82.52 billion cubic feet a day from a revised 82.77 billion.
Gas production in Wyoming slid 3.4 percent to 6.6 billion cubic feet a day, dropping partly because of a fire at a compressor station, the Energy Department said.
Output from states that include the Marcellus shale formation in the U.S. Northeast rose 1.9 percent to 21.08 billion cubic feet a day. Louisiana production, which includes gas from the Haynesville shale, decreased 1.5 percent to 8.95 billion cubic feet a day, the government said.
Texas production dropped 1 percent to 22.27 billion and output from the Gulf of Mexico climbed 1.3 percent to 4.64 billion cubic feet a day.
Natural gas for April delivery rose 4.6 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $2.565 per million British thermal units at 12:43 p.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gas futures have gained 2.5 percent this month.
The EIA-914 report covers gas gross withdrawals, which include gas used for repressuring, quantities vented and flared, and non-hydrocarbon gas removed in treating or processing operations.
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