EIA Jan DPR: Marcellus Production Way Down Again, Utica Up

EIAYesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite report, the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The January 2016 report shows what the EIA predicts oil and natural gas production will be in February from the seven largest commercial shale plays in the U.S. What does the report (full copy below) show? The biggest drop in production will once again be the biggest natgas producer in the country–the Mighty Marcellus. The EIA predicts the Marcellus will produce 15.222 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in February, vs. 15.447 Bcf/d in January, a decrease of 225 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). Meanwhile the Utica Shale will continue to show an INCREASE in production month over month–from 3.206 Bcf/d in January to 3.249 Bcf/d in February, a 43 MMcf/d increase month over month. The Utica, for a second month in a row, shows the largest increase in natgas production of all seven plays covered in the DPR. Overall the DPR shows that oil production month over month will decrease in February, the seventh month in a row, and natural gas will decrease for the eighth month in a row…

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