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EIA sees US natural gas production up in 2012, 2013

NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy InformationAdministration on Wednesday said it expected domestic naturalgas production in 2012 to be up nearly 4 percent from 2011'srecord levels.

In its October Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook,the EIA said it expected marketed natural gas production in 2012to rise by 2.6 billion cubic feet per day to a record 68.8 bcfper day, little changed from its September outlook.

The agency said it sees output growth slowing in 2013,gaining just 0.4 bcf per day as the reduction in drillingactivity is offset by rising production from liquids-richproducing areas like Eagle Ford in Texas and Marcellus inAppalachia.

(Reporting By Joe Silha; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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