With natural gas prices bottoming out in 2012 due to overproduction, projections for 2013 show a 3.5% decline in drilling across the board in the U.S. Despite the less than stellar outlook, there are a few bright spots that investors should pay attention to. The Bakken and Utica regions are well-positioned to outperform because of the high percentage of liquid resources. This means that companies like Kodiak Oil & Gas and Whiting Petroleum, who have strong positions in these regions, could do well in 2013. In this video, Motley Fool contributor Tyler Crowe discusses why expectations in liquids-heavy plays will remain high, and what the natural gas industry needs to do to catch up.

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The article U.S. Drilling in 2013 Will Slow, but not for These Companies originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tyler Crowe has no position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow him on Fool.com under TMFDirtyBird, Google +, or Twitter @TylerCroweFool.
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