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New infrastructure connects West Texas natural gas-producing areas to demand markets June 8, 2021


Recent completions of natural gas pipeline projects increase transportation capacity March 16, 2021


New liquefied natural gas bunkering facility in Jacksonville, Florida May 25, 2017

LNG (liquefied natural gas)storagetransportationweekly

First floating liquefaction facility begins operations May 18, 2017

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SoCalGas updates assessment of summer reliability May 11, 2017


First world-scale, greenfield nitrogenous fertilizer plant opened in over 25 years May 4, 2017


Pipeline sending natural gas from western Canada to Chicago considers expanding capacity April 28, 2017

CanadaHGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)dailypipelinestransportation

Canadian drilling drops off during spring breakup April 27, 2017

Canadadrillingproduction/supplyrig countweatherweekly

Ohio and Pennsylvania increased natural gas production more than other states in 2016 April 25, 2017


Natural gas inventories end heating season above five-year average April 21, 2017


Proposed expansion of Alliance pipeline capacity to Chicago market hub April 20, 2017


Natural gas stocks end heating season at the third highest level in 10 years April 13, 2017


Heating season spot prices in 2016–17 averaged 52% higher than in 2015–16 April 6, 2017

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U.S. natural gas storage capacity increased slightly in 2016 April 4, 2017


Thirteen gigawatts of natural gas-fired power generating capacity to be added in 2017 March 30, 2017

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Increase in rail shipments of propane, butane to West Coast offsets decreasing production March 30, 2017

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Growing global liquefied natural gas trade could support market hub development in Asia March 27, 2017

LNG (liquefied natural gas)dailyinternational

TransCanada reduces and simplifies toll rates to remain competitive March 23, 2017

CanadaNew Yorkpipelinesweekly

Natural gas spot prices rise with forecasts of colder temperatures along the eastern seaboard March 16, 2017

MassachusettsNew EnglandNew Mexicopricesspot pricesweatherweekly

Warm weather leads to first recorded natural gas storage injection in February March 9, 2017


U.S. crude oil and natural gas production both fell in 2016 March 8, 2017

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FERC certificates several new natural gas pipelines in 2017 March 7, 2017

MarcellusMichiganNew YorkOhioPennsylvaniaUticaWest Virginiadailypipelinesstatestransportation

U.S. liquefaction capacity continues to expand March 2, 2017

LNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/importsweekly

Canada is the United States’ largest partner for energy trade March 1, 2017

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Drilling Productivity Report forecasts production rise in six out of seven shale regions February 23, 2017


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enters a no-quorum period February 16, 2017


Argentina seeking increased natural gas production from shale resources to reduce imports February 10, 2017

ArgentinaEagle Fordconsumption/demanddailyexports/importsinternationalproduction/supplyshale

Rail provides outlet for growing Appalachian HGL production February 9, 2017

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)production/supplyrailshaleweekly

The San Elizario Border Crossing Project is authorized to commence service February 2, 2017


EIA’s weekly natural gas storage data now include measures of sampling variability January 27, 2017


Additions to data in the EIA Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report January 26, 2017


Cold winter in Asia prompts record levels of U.S. LNG exports January 19, 2017

LNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/importspricesweekly

Natural gas-fired power plants lead electric capacity additions in Mexico January 18, 2017


U.S. ethane production, consumption, and exports expected to increase through 2018 January 17, 2017

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)consumption/demanddailyethaneexports/importsliquid fuelsproduction/supply

Natural gas prices in 2016 were the lowest in nearly 20 years January 13, 2017

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Wholesale power prices in 2016 fell, reflecting lower natural gas prices January 11, 2017

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December natural gas consumption notably up over last year and five-year average December 22, 2016


U.S. natural gas production resilient to market changes in 2015, but has fallen in 2016 December 16, 2016


Tennessee Gas Pipeline will abandon one of four natural gas lines, repurposing to southbound liquids transport December 15, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)pipelines

U.S. oil and natural gas proved reserves declined in 2015 because of lower prices December 15, 2016

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LNG imports remain high at Mexico's Manzanillo terminal December 8, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)Mexicoexports/imports

New England natural gas pipeline capacity increases for the first time since 2010 December 6, 2016

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Unseasonably warm weather reduces U.S. heating demand December 1, 2016

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New U.S. border-crossing pipelines bring shale gas to more regions in Mexico December 1, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)Mexicodailyinternationaloil/petroleumpipelines

U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico continue to grow November 29, 2016


New infrastructure aims to increase takeaway capacity of natural gas from Utica region November 22, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)LNG (liquefied natural gas)MarcellusOhioPennsylvaniaUticaWest Virginiadailypipelines

EIA creates winter version of its daily energy dashboard for Southern California November 21, 2016

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Woodfibre LNG becomes the first Canadian LNG project to receive Final Investment Decision November 17, 2016

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Amount of natural gas in storage reaches new record November 16, 2016


Microchannel gas-to-liquid plants convert stranded natural gas to marketable products November 14, 2016

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Natural gas stocks end refill season at record high level November 10, 2016


Declining investment in Norway affects exploration drilling more than production drilling November 9, 2016

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2016 injection season sees record natural gas demand November 3, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)consumption/demandexports/importsprices

Containerized LNG broadens reach of natural gas to off-grid customers October 27, 2016

AlaskaHawaiiLNG (liquefied natural gas)transportation

United States experiences highest weekly increase in natural gas rig count in two years October 20, 2016

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The United Kingdom's use of natural gas for power generation exceeds the three-year average in 2016, reversing previous decline October 6, 2016

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Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal begins first maintenance September 29, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)pipelines

Hydrocarbon production in the Utica play increasingly targets natural gas-rich areas September 23, 2016

Uticadailyliquid fuelsoil/petroleumproduction/supply

Price differences between Southern California natural gas trading hubs and the Henry Hub have been more volatile during summer 2016 September 22, 2016


First shipment of ethane from U.S. Gulf Coast arrives in Europe September 22, 2016

Gulf CoastHGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)dailyethaneexports/importsoil/petroleum

Recent mergers change the landscape of natural gas pipeline ownership September 15, 2016


EIA now provides estimates of drilled but uncompleted wells in major production regions September 14, 2016

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High natural gas summer storage inventories contribute to low prices and increased power burn September 8, 2016


Hurricane activity drives declines in Gulf of Mexico natural gas production September 1, 2016

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Gulf Coast’s first ethane shipment soon to leave for Europe August 25, 2016


As Japan and South Korea import less LNG, other Asian countries begin to import more August 24, 2016

ChinaIndiaJapanLNG (liquefied natural gas)South Koreadailyinternational

Future U.S. tight oil and shale gas production depends on resources, technology, markets August 22, 2016

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2016dailydrillingoil/petroleumproduction/supplyshaletight oil

Asian LNG imports increase in 2016, led by India and China August 18, 2016

ChinaIndiaJapanLNG (liquefied natural gas)South Koreaexports/imports

Shale gas production drives world natural gas production growth August 15, 2016

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U.S. natural gas imports from Canada increase with low AECO prices August 11, 2016

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Southern California natural gas inventories nearly flat this injection season August 9, 2016


High natural gas-fired generation leads to rare summer net national weekly storage draw August 8, 2016


Oil and natural gas production jobs in May were 26% lower than in October 2014 August 5, 2016

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Use of natural gas for power generation hits record highs August 4, 2016

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Future natural gas plant liquids production depends on resources, market conditions August 4, 2016

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2016HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)dailyproduction/supply

First LNG tanker through expanded Panama Canal is traveling from Sabine Pass July 28, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/importsliquid fuelsweekly

Stripper wells accounted for 11% of U.S. natural gas production in 2015 July 28, 2016

dailyliquid fuelsoil/petroleumproduction/supply

With REX maintenance, Appalachian production declines this week July 21, 2016


Russian and Norwegian natural gas pipeline exports to Europe at high levels amid lowest prices since 2004 July 14, 2016


Natural gas-fired electricity generation expected to reach record level in 2016 July 14, 2016

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Gas pipeline exports to Mexico reduce U.S. net imports June 30, 2016


Expanded Panama Canal reduces travel time for shipments of U.S. LNG to Asian markets June 30, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)New Englandchokepointsdailyliquid fuelstransportation

Natural gas storage injections in 2016 ahead of 2012 pace June 23, 2016

consumption/demandexports/importsinventories/stocksproduction/supplyspot pricesstorage

Global LNG imports using floating storage and regasification units increase 46% in 2015 over 2014 levels June 16, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/importsinternational

Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014 June 13, 2016

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Near-month futures contract indicates expectations of rising prices June 8, 2016


Use of natural gas for power generation ticks upward June 2, 2016


Recent drilling activity has lowered costs and increased performance June 2, 2016

BakkenEagle FordMarcellusdrillingoil/petroleumproduction/supplyshaleweekly

More U.S. vessels powered by liquefied natural gas launched May 26, 2016

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United States remains largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons May 23, 2016

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Hydropower conditions improve as West Coast drought eases May 20, 2016


Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal begins commercial operations May 19, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/imports

Many natural gas-fired power plants under construction are near major shale plays May 19, 2016

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Alberta wildfires reduce natural gas demand and prices in Canada May 12, 2016


Explosion on Texas Eastern Pipeline in Pennsylvania cuts flows May 5, 2016


EIA produces new maps of the Utica Shale play May 2, 2016

OhioPennsylvaniaUtahUticaWest Virginiadailyliquid fuelsoil/petroleumproduction/supplystates

Natural gas net imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986 April 29, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)dailyexports/imports

Natural gas production declines April 28, 2016

production/supplyrig countspot pricesweather

Logistical challenges result in ship-to-ship transfers of U.S. propane exports April 27, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)dailyexports/importsinternationalpropanetransmissiontransportation

Canada expects lower natural gas exports to U.S., higher LNG exports to other countries April 26, 2016

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Strong El Niño helps reduce U.S. winter heating demand and fuel prices April 25, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)dailyelectricityheating oiloil/petroleumpricespropanetotal energy

Algonquin expansion in New York on target for service next winter April 21, 2016

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U.S. natural gas production reaches record high in 2015 April 15, 2016

North DakotaOhioOklahomaPennsylvaniaWest Virginiadailyproduction/supplystates

New gas-fired power plants are concentrated near major shale plays April 14, 2016

electric generationgenerating capacitygenerationproduction/supplyshale

Natural gas storage ends winter heating season at record high April 14, 2016


Natural gas stocks end heating season at record high level April 7, 2016


Mild weather, ample natural gas supply curb Northeast winter power and natural gas prices April 5, 2016

ISO (independent system operator)LNG (liquefied natural gas)MassachusettsNew EnglandNew Yorkconsumption/demanddailyelectricitypipelinespricesspot pricesweatherwholesale powerwholesale prices

Ethane production expected to increase as petrochemical consumption and exports expand April 1, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)STEO (Short-Term Energy Outlook)dailyethaneproduction/supply

Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) wins final approval for Midwest east-to-west capacity expansion March 31, 2016


Australia's Gorgon, one of the world's largest LNG terminals, ships first cargo March 31, 2016

ArkansasAustraliaLNG (liquefied natural gas)dailyinternational

EIA report shows decline in cost of U.S. oil and gas wells since 2012 March 30, 2016

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Natural gas expected to exceed coal in power generation in 2016 March 24, 2016

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Rig count at historic low, but gas production still high March 17, 2016

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Australia's Gorgon, one of the world's LNG megaprojects, prepares to ship first cargo March 10, 2016

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Growth in domestic natural gas production leads to development of LNG export terminals March 4, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)MarcellusUticadailyexports/imports

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass ships first LNG cargo from the U.S. Lower 48 February 25, 2016

LNG (liquefied natural gas)Louisianaexports/imports

Asian LNG imports decline in 2015 amid reduced demand for electricity and lower prices of competing fuels February 18, 2016

ChinaJapanLNG (liquefied natural gas)South Koreaexports/imports

New Northeast pipelines help boost gas production 18% February 11, 2016


Chinese annual LNG imports decline for first time since imports began February 4, 2016

ChinaLNG (liquefied natural gas)exports/importsinternationalprices

Natural gas markets weather storm January 28, 2016


New pipeline projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity January 28, 2016

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)LNG (liquefied natural gas)MarcellusOhioPennsylvaniaUticaWest Virginiadailypipelinesstates

Spread between Henry Hub, Marcellus natural gas prices narrows as pipeline capacity grows January 27, 2016


Natural gas prices expected to rise over next two years January 25, 2016

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Hydrogen for refineries is increasingly provided by industrial suppliers January 20, 2016


Wholesale power prices decrease across the country in 2015 January 11, 2016

dailyefficiencyelectricitygenerationpriceswholesale powerwholesale prices

Basis differential narrows in Marcellus January 7, 2016

Henry Hubpipelinespricesshale

Average annual natural gas spot price in 2015 was at lowest level since 1999 January 5, 2016

dailyexports/importsinventories/stocksproduction/supplyspot pricesstorage

Four countries added to global shale oil and natural gas resource assessment December 14, 2015


Heating oil and propane prices are lower this winter December 10, 2015

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Natural gas inventories post first net withdrawal of the season December 3, 2015


U.S. oil and natural gas reserves both increase in 2014 November 30, 2015

dailyliquid fuelsoil/petroleumreservesshale

Australian liquefaction capacity continues to expand November 19, 2015

AustraliaLNG (liquefied natural gas)capacityexports/importsinternationalweekly

New classifications of natural gas storage regions will begin November 19 November 16, 2015


North Dakota natural gas flaring targets challenged by rapid production growth November 13, 2015

BakkenNorth Dakotacrude oildailyoil/petroleumproduction/supplystates

Working natural gas in storage breaks record November 12, 2015


Working natural gas in storage matches record level November 6, 2015


Increasing U.S. natural gas pipeline exports to Mexico begin to gradually displace LNG October 22, 2015

LNG (liquefied natural gas)Mexicoexports/imports

National Fuel Gas adds new gas flows out of Marcellus/Utica this week October 15, 2015


Natural gas pipelines under construction will move gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe October 14, 2015


Natural gas heating bills expected to be lower this winter October 8, 2015


Nationwide, electricity generation from coal falls while natural gas rises October 7, 2015


Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters October 6, 2015

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)STEO (Short-Term Energy Outlook)dailyelectricityexports/importsforecasts/projectionsheating oiloil/petroleumpricespropanerevenuesalesweather

Hurricane Joaquin may cause problems for East Coast energy infrastructure October 2, 2015


Natural gas prices in Asia mainly linked to crude oil, but use of spot indexes increases September 29, 2015

ChinaIndiaJapanSouth Koreacrude oildailyinternationalliquid fuelsprices

Russian and Norwegian natural gas pipeline exports to Europe increase over the summer amid lower prices September 24, 2015


U.S. propane inventories are at an all-time high September 21, 2015

HGL (hydrocarbon gas liquid)STEO (Short-Term Energy Outlook)dailyforecasts/projectionsinventories/stocksliquid fuelsoil/petroleumpropane

Nuclear power refueling over next few months may increase power sector gas consumption September 17, 2015

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Natural gas use features two seasonal peaks per year September 11, 2015


Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes August 28, 2015

Gulf Coastcrude oildailyliquid fuelsoffshoreoil/petroleumproduction/supplyweather

Northeast production sets record high on Monday August 27, 2015


EIA expects near-term decline in natural gas production in major shale regions August 26, 2015


Jamaica inks contract to get LNG from Florida August 20, 2015

LNG (liquefied natural gas)generating capacity

Injections of natural gas into storage since April are 20% higher than the five-year average (2010-14), but trail last year's record-high levels August 6, 2015


Russia is world's largest producer of crude oil and lease condensate August 6, 2015

Russiacrude oildailyexports/importsliquid fuelsoil/petroleumproduction/supply

Algeria is reforming its laws to attract foreign investment in hydrocarbons August 4, 2015

Africadailyinternationalliquid fuelsoil/petroleumshale

Coal, nuclear, and renewables expected to boost Vietnam’s electricity capacity August 3, 2015


Electricity from natural gas surpasses coal for first time, but just for one month July 31, 2015

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