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Pennsylvania gas production continues to break records

Pennsylvania is on track to produce enough gas this year to satisfy about 16 percent of annual demand for the United States.

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is on track to produce enough gas this year to satisfy about 16 percent of annual demand for the United States.

Drillers in Pennsylvania continue to produce record-breaking amounts of natural gas, according to new numbers released this week from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Companies operating in Pennsylvania produced nearly 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in the first half of 2014.

If they continue at this pace, Pennsylvania is on track to produce 4 trillion cubic feet this year– or about 16 percent of what the entire United States consumes annually.

The state’s main gas industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, touted the fact that the gas output has lead to job growth and a competitive edge for the manufacturing sector.

“These record-shattering numbers, driven principally by operational efficiencies and a maturing infrastructure network, reflect the fact that Pennsylvania is well-positioned to continue playing a leading role in strengthening our nation’s energy security,” said MSC spokesman Travis Windle.

The production figures keep surpassing expectations, even among people who closely watch the industry.

“The drilling activity is going down, but we’re seeing a lot more well completions and the pipeline capacity is increasing,” says Matt Henderson of Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. “It’s hard to say when it’s going to stop.”

Gas graph

Courtesy: Penn State University

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)– the statistics arm of the federal Department of Energy– also tracks gas production in the Marcellus Shale region, which includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“As far as individual formations go, it’s producing the most natural gas in the United States,” says EIA research analyst Sam Gorgen. “We haven’t seen any monthly declines recently, so you get that record production every month.”

Cabot Oil and Gas’ operations in Susquehanna County continue to be among the most productive wells in Pennsylvania– its wells accounted for seven of the top 10.

“While we’re fortunate to be in Susquehanna County, it still takes know-how and the right technology to bring production to the surface,” says Cabot spokesman George Stark. “It’s one of the things we excel at.”

 

 

 

 

Comments

  • Schratboy

    The question “What else is breaking?” is not being asked because those advocating for fracking don’t want the public to know. Fracking destroys air, water, land and life.

    • firftrmark

      And your proof is where? In OZ I suppose! Where most anti job activists reside!

  • firftrmark

    Yes ! Keep Pa. Going with the economic boom, more workers who spend their money creating more jobs which create more tax payers! That is how you do it ! Are you listening and seeing this Mr President! Let the people do it and get out of the way! FRACK all those anti everything activists! If tax and spend Wolf gets in as Govenor he will kill the goose that lays the golden egg! Tax, tax tax them right out of business just as Democrats have been doing for years!

    • JimBarth

      Pennsylvania has an economic boom created by shale gas drilling? As you ask below, “and your proof is where, in Oz?” Really, how does PA’s unemployment rate compare to NYS, where this frac’ing doesn’t exist? How does it compare to the US rate? Corbett’s PA and frac’ing’s PA has been miserable. This is why Corbett will be a one term governor, among other things. He has given the red carpet, plus the keys to the Commonwealth, to this industry. May he rot in hell, or at least, move to Texas.

      • firftrmark

        Sure can you imagine what the rate would be if it were not for the fracking jobs ? May you rot in hell for wanting those people working put in the unemployment line and making THEIR children suffer for your selfishness!

        • JimBarth

          I am already rotting in hell, by living amongst polluted minds, such as yours, “firftrmark”.

          • firftrmark

            Then live in China if you do not like the freedoms here!

          • JimBarth

            I wrote that it is hell to live amongst anonymous, commenting folk, who are as ill informed as you, and that relates to China exactly how? Are you a “freedom”? Yes, you have an opinion, but, if I disagree, and think you to be an idiot, I should move to China?

          • firftrmark

            You see idiots such as you that want to take freedom away from people for your save the world for our children BS all the while making childrens lives hell now, that are alive today !. I do not need you or anyone to worry about the future of my children’s ,children children,,,,GOT THAT LEFTY? You and the libtard jerks that think somehow they can engineer the future of anything let alone our children’s! There isn’t a scientist out there that has a time machine or a crystal-ball ! Sure they have their facts that could be uprooted by any invention in the future that alters everything we know let alone a catastrophic event . So it is the social engineering that has everything to do with my comment about CHINA! If you want that move there!

          • JimBarth

            It is clear why you write anonymously. If I had your mind, and wrote comments as yours, I would not want anyone to know who I was. But, since I am standing up for the environment, and I support protest against the oppressive powers that be, this China obsession of yours is wildly inappropriate, applied to me. I’m a citizen, fighting against the fossil fuel burning and extraction industries that have our economy by the short and curlies. You? You’d eat dirt and say it tasted good if there was money in it for you. You move to China. Take your children with you.
            Sincerely,
            Idiot, lefty, libtard jerk.

          • firftrmark

            Obsession ? Hardly, it is that your views align quite well with China’s system of Government than it does with what we good people in the U.S. love ,freedom ,to make our own choices ,we do need diot, lefty, libtard jerk such as yourself to fight for anyone or their future . I would take a uncertain future as a free person than live the slavery your types would prefer for us all. I am so sorry you have not done well for yourself, but why do you hate working people ? Is it because they have more than you? There will always be someone with more than you. Instead of always crying about what others have, go out and make something of yourself as a free person living in the greatest free country that there has ever been!

          • JimBarth

            I have not done well for myself? Not only are you an uninformed, nasty person, but, despite being dumb as a rock, you feel compelled to just make all sorts of empty, weird statements about a person of whom you know nothing. News flash, your future, our future, your children’s future, are always uncertain. You are a “good person”, and people with views such as mine, which you don’t bother to know, or seem incapable of understanding, are “bad people”? I am not crying, rather, you are crying about unknown parents and their children who are “suffering”, who can not feed nor shelter nor clothe their children, and by implication, can only be saved by shale gas extraction. You just make up anything and everything you’re little mind can gleem exactly what sources? Outer space? Do you wear aluminum foil on your head to keep out the voices.
            Now, I’ll go back to my non shale gas extraction employment, from which I make a happy living. Good luck whomever you are, you need lots of it, and help.

          • firftrmark

            Libtards All they care about is themselves. I know exactly what your are A taker . We providers are tired of taking care of waste like you and the rest of the demoRATS.

          • JimBarth

            I’ve paid taxes since 1964. I was a co founding partner for 30 years in a business that started with four partners, and went on to employ 35 people. I’m still working, now for another company, not receiving Medicare, or Social Security. “Libtard”:? “Taker”? Idiot man, GFY, and I guess I’ll have to end it there. After all, what more can be said to such a lowlife as you? WTF do you do to “provide” to anyone other than yourself, or your poor hurt family, if you have one? Describe yourself, oh generous “provider”.

          • firftrmark

            If all you say is true ,,when did you start hating businesses and working people then?

          • JimBarth

            Only you and some other strange, uninformed pro shale gas and oil extraction supporters make that stuff up about me. My comments are focused on shale gas and oil extraction, unconventional wells, not “businesses and working people”.

          • firftrmark

            That”s me ! Pro shale gas, Pro oil, Pro solar ,wind or any kind of energy, Pro working people that have those jobs that provide for their families . You on the other hand want to FORCE one form of energy on people that is more expensive and will only hurt the poorest and people on fixed incomes. Eliminating jobs for hard working people just trying to provide for their families and for what! You are afraid of pollution? Does the U.S. have a dome over it to protect us from the ones that ARE polluting? China,India and a host of other countries just continue to do what they do and we have no control over them,,,and never will! That is a fact! Australia just threw out the green leaders and got rid of their carbon tax! It did nothing but hurt their economy! Sure didn’t do a darn thing about pollution. If solar ,wind or any form of energy is freely chosen and people want it ,,,FINE ! But i despise people that want to force something on a free society because they know whats best for us all! I never planned the future of my children and provided the tools so they can make their own. NO ONE can know the future . Not even the scientists that know the facts and what should be,,,barring one invention or a set of facts not know yet. If what we know never changes of course they could predict the future, but it does change and maybe your child or grand child just may be the one that discovers something that changes everything. So do not sell or future children short!

          • JimBarth

            What I should end our rather disgusting exchange with is, peace be with you.

          • firftrmark

            “standing up for the environment” How about standing up for the children of those working people you want unemployed .How many will suffer as their parents worry about how to feed ,cloth and shelter them? How many will have the opportunity of higher education taken away from them? What do they get…government dependency! How humane of you! The ends justifies the means, your socialist philosophy! As long as you do not have to live the life ! HYPOCRITES

  • Jack Wolf

    I am brave. I shall defend our island planet, whatever the cost may be, I shall fight on the beaches, I shall fight on the landing grounds, I shall fight in the fields and in the streets, I shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender to the fossil fuel foe. It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. This is our ultimate challenge, the stuff that epic history is made of. Don’t stay home and watch it on the telie. Be there. Be brave.

    People’s Climate March: NYC 9.21.14

    http://peoplesclimate.org/

  • http://www.crackineverything.com/ DeanMarshall

    And it only contaminated 2 Trillion gallons of fresh water in those same 6 months!

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