The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said natural gas production from the combined six major shale gas regions increased nearly 221,000 million cubic feet per day (Mcf/d) in December month-over-month, Platts reported. The Marcellus Shale gained the most in natural gas production, up almost 261,000 Mcf/d in December compared to November. Two other key shale fields that reported increases include Texas' Eagle Ford Shale, which had production rise 107,000 Mcf/d in December from the previous month.
This growth is part of an upward trend as the EIA said natural gas production grew to 24 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2012, with production in Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wyoming accounting for most of these gains between 2005 and 2012.
"Even though natural gas consumption has not grown as fast as production, it still grew by 16 percent over this period, to 25.5 Tcf in 2012," the EIA report said. "This growth was mainly driven by consumption for electric power generation. As a result of robust production growth in the United States, U.S. net imports in 2012 fell to the lowest level since 1990."