Attached are a set of graphs that show historical natural gas production thru January 2010 for the US and several key states. Total US production in January was 63.4 Bcfd which was a 0.9% increase from December.  Overall gas production in the US has remained relatively flat since July 2008 despite the lower gas rig count. Most states remained virtually unchanged with the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana & Other States accounting for the 0.6 Bcfd production increase from December.


Louisiana gas production was 5.3 Bcfd in January which is a 1.5 Bcfd increase since December 2008.

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Lethal, each graph just shows how gas production (billion cubic feet per day or Bcfd) has changed over time since January 2005.

For example the total US production (Lower 48) increased from ~ 55 Bcfd in early 2006 to ~ 63 Bcfd in mid 2008 as a result of the increase in gas drilling activity. Production has remained relatively steady since then despite a significant decrease in the number of gas drilling rigs. This is due to increased drilling efficiency and shifting gas rigs to better gas plays such as the Haynesville Shale, Marcellus Shale, Fayetteville Shale, etc.

There are similar graphs for five of the larger producing states and the Gulf of Mexico. You can see the rapid increase in Louisiana gas production since late 2008 related to development of the Haynesville Shale.
Les - To what would you attribute the steep decline in NM?

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Sesport, the graph actually exaggerates the decline as it only averages about 3.3% per year. There has been minimal gas drilling activity in New Mexico in recent years and no large new field discoveries. So the existing gas fields are declining at this slow steady rate.
Thank you, Les. I've read that NM production is about a third from coalbed methane, but I've also read a fleeting mention of shale gas. Any idea what this could be?

Sesport, there is shale gas potential from the Niobrara (Pierre) Shale in northeast New Mexico. El Paso is the biggest player but it is not a big part of their capital program.

I have not checked in a couple of years but New Mexico coalbed methane (CBM) production was about 1.3-1.4 Bcfd mostly from the San Juan Basin but with some small amount from the Raton Basin.
Les, what is the source of this data? Did you put this together?
Josh, the graphs are based on EIA (Energy Information Agency) data.
Thanks Les


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