EIA's preliminary estimate for July 2014 natural gas production in Utica is about 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd). Production data indicate that natural gas production growth from the Utica is on par with the growth in natural gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, when comparing the first 20 months of activity in both those plays. This level of production is slightly higher than the production from the Haynesville formation in Louisiana, at its 20-month mark of activity, but is close to two-thirds lower than production levels in the Marcellus, which was producing more than 3 Bcfd in its 20th month of activity. Marcellus is currently the most productive U.S. shale formation, with recent estimates of production for June 2014 at 14 Bcfd.
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