U.S. natural gas production—as measured by gross withdrawals—averaged 111.2 billion cubic feet per day (cf/d) in 2020, down 0.9 billion cf/d from 2019 as result of a decline in drilling activity related to low natural gas and oil prices in 2020.
The 2019 record-high increase in natural gas production led to higher volumes of natural gas in storage and lower natural gas prices. Beginning in March 2020, warmer-than-average weather along with the effects of the responses to COVID-19 drove down natural gas demand and further reduced prices. The lowest average monthly U.S. natural gas production volume was in May 2020 at 106.4 billion cf/d. By December 2020, natural gas production had increased to 113.0 billion cf/d.