Associated natural gas production in major U.S. shale plays declined in 2020, following three years of growth, according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Between 2016 and 2019, associated gas production in the combined five major U.S. onshore crude oil-producing regions comprising the Permian, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara and Anadarko grew at its most rapid pace (6.1 Bcf/d). However, as the demand for crude oil decreased last year following responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, both crude oil and associated gas production in the U.S. declined, the EIA noted in its report on Aug. 23.

Only the Permian Basin increased its production of both crude oil and associated gas in 2020, the EIA said, but these increases did not offset declines in both crude oil and associated gas production in the other four regions.

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