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Marcellus Shale Gas Production Numbers Surge

A worker at a gas drilling rig near Towanda.

REUTERS/Tim Shaffer /Landov

A worker at a gas drilling rig near Towanda.

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale produced over 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first half of 2013, according to new data released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The numbers show a 57 percent increase in gas production compared to the same time period from last year. The DEP releases the data twice a year.

Chesapeake Energy remains the most active company, with the highest number of unconventional wells (792) and the most gas produced.

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.’s operations in Susquehanna County represent the most productive wells  – with seven of the top ten in the state.

“The amount of clean-burning natural gas being safely produced in the Commonwealth is nothing short of staggering,” said Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber in a statement.

The information is not immune from human error. According to the data, Pennsylvania’s most productive well was operated by Southwestern Energy. It turned out to be a mistake.

The well erroneously showed an average daily production level nearly three times higher than Cabot’s top well. Southwestern notified the DEP about the error today, after an inquiry by StateImpact Pennsylvania.

DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman says agency staff review the information after it’s published.

“Our goal is get the data out as soon as possible,” she says, “There typically aren’t many significant errors.”

StateImpact Pennsylvania is in the process of updating our Shale Play Map App with the new data.

Gas production by county:

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County
Gas Quantity (Mcf)
BRADFORD343,580,227.30
SUSQUEHANNA302,607,079.30
LYCOMING184,453,826.60
GREENE154,706,329.90
WASHINGTON115,819,775.40
TIOGA110,146,683.20
WYOMING60,129,108.00
WESTMORELAND32,021,333.20
FAYETTE21,135,138.40
BUTLER14,631,674.23
CLINTON14,338,748.00
SULLIVAN13,217,846.00
CLEARFIELD11,222,965.54
ARMSTRONG10,385,976.44
ALLEGHENY8,270,949.17
POTTER3,902,175.70
INDIANA3,652,123.11
MCKEAN2,806,429.13
ELK2,377,386.00
CENTRE2,138,611.37
JEFFERSON1,653,473.00
BLAIR966,901.00
SOMERSET934,887.00
LAWRENCE840,171.00
BEAVER761,487.00
CLARION653,941.00
CAMERON562,425.00
FOREST271,398.00
VENANGO63,114.05
HUNTINGDON42,116.00
WARREN27,794.52
CRAWFORD20,819.00
Grand Total1,418,342,913.00

Source: PA Department of Environmental Protection

(Mcf = thousand cubic feet)

Comments

  • Martha

    The numbers show a 57 percent increase in gas production compared to the same time period from last year. Too bad this increase isn’t seen in the royalty checks! Doesn’t sound right. Royalties are way down and have been for the past year.

  • Eddy Biehl

    Royalties are a function of individual well performance and natural gas price. If your well has been on line more than a year it has likely declined in deliverability. It is the nature of horizontal shale wells to drop off significantly in the first few years and then settle out at a low decline for many more years of production. So overall state production can be up even though the royalties from your well are lower.

  • Dave

    This production growth doesn’t surprise me. It is known that shale gas is cheaper and companies for which the gas is a key resource in the manufacturing (like chemical companies) prefere to save money by buing it from a cheaper source. Here is an example: http://blog.pulawy.com/en/awaiting-the-gas-revolution

  • diana

    Are figures available as to where this gas eventually ends up? How much is shipped overseas?

  • David

    Amazing. Any sane state with this windfall of its natural resources producing huge amounts of wealth would find a way to funnel money to create the best school system in the country. But in Pennsylvania….

  • niallix

    they turned on the new supply line in june wonder why numbers are up????? not a mystery here!!

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