US natural gas production reached an all-time high level in 2017
According to the United States Energy Information Administration, the US natural gas production reached record levels in 2017. Gross withdrawals rose to 91 bcf/d in 2017 (2.6 bcm/d), marketed natural gas production reached a new high level (79 bcf/d or 2.2 bcm/d) but the dry natural gas production did not exceed 2015 levels at 74 bcf/d (2.1 bcm/d).
The Appalachian region - including the the Marcellus and Utica-Point Pleasant plays of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania - remained the largest gas producing region. Appalachian gross withdrawals increased from 22 bcf/d (627 mcm/d) in 2016 to 24 bcf/d (686 mcm/d) in 2017.
Moreover, total gas exports rose by 36% in 2017, with LNG exports quadrupling: the United States became a net natural gas exporter in 2017 for the first time in nearly 60 years.
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