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From the Casper Star-Tribune

Production from Wyoming’s natural gas fields slumped 14 percent in 2015, state figures show,marking the sixth consecutive year production in the Cowboy State has fallen.

The almost 1.7 trillion cubic feet of gas reported to state regulators through Tuesday represents the smallest annual production haul since 2001. The figures are preliminary. Companies are still completing the end of year production reports submitted to the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

The numbers nevertheless underlined the challenges Cowboy State natural gas drillers faced in 2015.

Production in the Pinedale Anticline, Wyoming’s most prolific field, was down 9 percent to 436 billion cubic feet. The Jonah Field’s output of 192 billion cubic feet was 2 percent above 2014 levels, but represented a 46 percent decrease from 2010 production. And coal-bed methane continued to plummet. CBM output was 168 million cubic feet for 2015, a 32-percent drop from the previous year and 69 percent below 2010 levels.

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