Natural gas surplus despite fewer rigs

Texas: Natural gas production increased 4.5% from the year before to the highest level since 1980, due in part to growing output from the Eagle Ford shale formation where drillers who are aggressively pursuing high-value liquid hydrocarbons are also producing growing amounts of natural gas. 

Louisiana: Natural gas production increased 38% as the Haynesville shale gas formation in the northwest part of the state was one of the biggest shale gas producing plays in the United States.

Wyoming: Natural gas production fell 5.6% to the lowest level since 2007, as lower natural gas prices made coal bed methane gas that accounts for almost two-thirds of the state's natural gas production less profitable because high-priced gas liquids aren't normally found in coal seams.

Oklahoma: Natural gas production increased 3.9% to the second highest annual output since 1994 due to higher output in the Woodford shale play.

Colorado: Natural gas production grew about 1.4% as output increased for the 25th year in a row to break another record output high. The Niobrara shale play in the northeast corner of the state helped raise Colorado's natural gas production.

Reuters News reported that U.S. exports of refined petroleum products beat imports by more than a million barrels per day in February as high prices crimped the domestic gasoline demand while the country's refiners shipped record volumes of diesel abroad, government data showed. The United States exported a net 1.014 million bpd of refined fuel in February, a whopping 1,778% increase from a year earlier, the EIA said in its monthly petroleum supply report.  Distillate fuel oil exports of 785,000 bpd in February were the highest for the month on records going back to 1945.EIA changed the method it used to calculate gasoline exports in August last year. 


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