U.S. crude production ticked down by less than a percentage point in December but natural gas production continued to grow, the U.S Energy Information Administration said.
According to the agency’s monthly crude oil and natural gas production report, U.S. crude production fell to 9.262 million barrels per day in December, down from 9.305 million barrels per day in November and an 1.8 percent year-over-year decline.
Crude production in North Dakota dipped 2.3 percent from November and December while production in Texas slipped 1.9 percent month over month to 3.34 million barrels per day.
While production in Oklahoma fell 2 percent from November and December production in the state jumped 10.3 percent compared to December 2014.
Crude production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico climbed 7.4 percent in December to 1.633 million barrels per day, up 12.4 perncet from a year ago.
Overall U.S. natural gas production slid by 0.3 percent from November to 91.055 billion cubic feet per day in December but was up 2 percent compared to December 2014 levels.
Pennsylvania saw natural gas production grow 2.9 percent in December to 13.847 billion cubic feet per day, a 15 percent jump compared to the same period last year.
Natural gas production in Texas, the slipped to 23.245 billion cubic feet per day in December, down 2.4 percent from November and a 5.5 percent decline compared to December 2014.
Alaska produced 9.808 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in December, up 1 percent from November and a 0.8 percent year-over-year gain.
The production gains come despite the U.S. rig count dropping to 502 rigs as of February 26 from 1,267 a year ago.