It has been almost six years since a new natural gas storage facility was placed into service and there are several trends reducing the need for more underground storage, according to the EIA.

These include a steep increase in natural gas production out of the Marcellus, Utica, Permian, and Haynesville that have a strong amount of pipeline capacity to end-markets.

“Midstream infrastructure buildout has enhanced grid interconnectedness and flexibility, allowing natural gas to more easily reach end-users, and consequently reducing dependence on injections and withdrawals from storage,” the EIA commentary said.

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