March natural gas prices continued to decline during the initial morning hours and managed to penetrate below $4.00. It is possible that some of the recent weakness has stemmed from the latest EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook, which forecasted natural gas production in 2011 to increase by 0.8% and consumption to increase by 0.3%. Natural gas trading volumes during the last two sessions have been running well above recent averages at the same time that open interest has continued to build.