March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

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Growth in Domestic Natural Gas Production Leads to Development of LNG Export Terminals

The first export shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in the Lower 48 states on February 24 is a milestone reflecting a decade of natural gas production growth that has put the United States in a new position in worldwide energy trade. With the rapid growth of supply from shale gas resources over the past decade, U.S. natural gas production has grown each year since 2006. The resulting decline in domestic natural gas prices has led to rising natural gas exports, both via pipeline to Mexico and, since last week, to overseas markets via LNG tankers. The United States is currently a net importer of natural gas, and gross imports represented nearly 10% of total supply in 2015, base

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