NEW YORK Dec 8 The U.S. Energy Information
Administration on Tuesday slightly raised its estimate for
domestic natural gas production in 2009, noting minimal
hurricane disruptions this year and significant growth in
onshore shale output have contributed to increased supplies.
In its December Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA said it
expected marketed natural gas production to be up 3.7 percent
in 2009, primarily due to strong shale output, then decline by
3.1 percent in 2010 to about 58.37 billion cubic feet per day.
EIA also forecast U.S. natural gas consumption this year
would average about 62.15 billion cubic feet per day, down 1.9
percent from last year due to a steep decline in demand from
the industrial sector.
(Reporting by Joe Silha)