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Lower-48 Natural Gas Output Fell 0.2% in December, EIA Says

Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. natural gas production in the lower 48 states fell 0.2 percent in December as output in Wyoming declined, an Energy Department report today showed.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Buurma in New York at cbuurma1@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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