August EIA DPR: NatGas Production Declines in All 7 Shale Plays

The great slowdown in natural gas production continues in the United States. On Monday the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued the latest monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), predicting shale oil and gas production by shale play for the seven major commercially active plays in the U.S. For the first time since the EIA began issuing the DPR all seven plays show a month over month decrease in the amount of natural gas being produced. Last month the Utica Shale play stood alone as the only play that increased natgas volumes month over month (see July EIA DPR – Utica Stands Alone with Higher Natgas Production). This month, even the Utica has gone negative–dropping 3 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in production over the previous month…

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