This chart from the United States Energy Information Agency illustrates how Marcellus Shale drilling is driving the boat, when it comes to natural gas production in the northeast region. Pennsylvania, in particular, has seen a rapid boom, and now leads the way.
According to Bentek Energy, LLC estimates, natural gas production in West Virginia and Pennsylvania now averages almost 4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), more than five times as much as the average from 2004 through 2008. It accounts for over 85% of total Northeastern natural gas production.
The chart above highlights these trends:
- Production in Northeastern Pennsylvania recently passed 2 Bcf/d, up from just 0.4 Bcf/d at the start of 2010.
- In Southwestern Pennsylvania, production is over 0.8 Bcf/d, more than three times the level at the beginning of 2010.
- In West Virginia, production has grown over 40% since January 2010 and recently surpassed 1 Bcf/d.
- Production in the rest of the Northeast has been roughly unchanged since 2007.
Update: Kathryn Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, weighs in on the report with this emailed comment: “This data – which comes on the heels of new PA DEP data showing a 60 percent increase in Marcellus Shale production over the past year – is further confirmation that our region will continue to play a significant and growing role in meeting our nation’s increasing energy demands.”