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Texas gas production fell in December 2017 while oil output remained steady

Texas natural gas production declined while oil output was flat in December 2017, the state Railroad Commission reported Feb. 26.

The state's drillers produced 514.5 Bcf of gas in December, or 16.6 Bcf/d, according to preliminary production reports. That lagged behind November's preliminary average of 18.1 Bcf/d. December 2016's preliminary production report was 18.3 Bcf/d.

The Railroad Commission reported December 2017 oil production of 78.1 million barrels on a preliminary basis, or 2.52 million barrels per day, compared to the 2.52 MMbbl/d reported in November. December 2016 brought a daily average of 2.40 MMbbl/d on a preliminary basis.

Webb County was the state's largest gas producer in December 2017, with preliminary production of 35.8 Bcf. Tarrant County came in second, reporting 33.4 Bcf.

Midland County produced the most oil in the state in December, with a preliminary total of 7.7 MMbbl. Karnes County produced the second-largest amount, with 5.5 MMbbl.