The United States’ reliance on foreign natural gas has fallen to its lowest level in three decades, as production across states like Texas and Pennsylvania continues to grow.
Last year net imports of gas fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet a day, a level not seen since 1986, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Friday.
The shift comes as U.S. companies expand pipeline capacity into Mexico and Canada and are just beginning to liquefy gas to be shipped abroad. At the same time, despite historic lows in natural gas prices, U.S. production continues to grow, up 5 percent last year to 27.1 trillion cubic feet.
U.S. exports are only expected to grow in the years ahead, with plans afoot to build enough pipeline capacity to Canada and Mexico to move an additional 8.8 billion cubic feet of gas a day.