Increasing for more than a decade, gross production of natural gas in the United States has been more than 10 percent higher compared with the same months in 2017, according to the Farm and Dairy.
The natural gas production growth has been driven by the Appalachian Basin in the Northeast, the Permian Basin in western Texas and New Mexico, and the Haynesville Shale in Texas and Louisiana. Collectively, these regions accounted for less than 15 percent of total U.S. natural gas production as recently as in 2007. That number has grown to 50 percent of total production.
Natural gas production growth in the Northeast has come mainly from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the Appalachian Basin. These shale plays, collectively, accounted for about 29 percent of total production in July 2018.