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EIA: Better drilling, bigger wells driving Marcellus growth despite fewer rigs

Improvements in drilling efficiency and increasing productivity from new wells are driving the recent growth in oil and gas production across six key shale regions in the country, including the Marcellus. In the first of what will be a monthly report on drilling productivity, the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted this week that “new technologies [...]

Natural gas supplies expected to meet demand this winter

Increases in domestic natural gas production combined with expanding infrastructure will help meet consumption needs this winter, according to a report released today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The report notes the Northeast is now the top gas producing region in the country, due to a sharp increase in production from the Marcellus shale. [...]

Winter heating costs expected to rise

The cost of heating a home with natural gas is expected to be 13 percent higher this year, compared to last year. According to the federal Energy Information Administration, that’s about an $80 increase per household. From the EIA: EIA projects that average household expenditures for homes heating with natural gas will total $679 this winter, [...]

U.S. projected to be the world’s biggest oil and gas producer this year

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY Liquefied natural gas pipes circulate around Dominion’s Cove Point, Maryland import terminal into holding tanks. This facility was recently approved by the Energy Department to export Marcellus shale gas globally. The United States is on track to be the biggest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing [...]

Moniz: Department of Energy Will Move ‘Expeditiously’ On LNG Exports

Speaking this morning at the Energy Information Administration conference Washington D.C., newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says his agency will move “expeditiously” to evaluate applications for more liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities. The push to export comes as the industry has seen a boom in shale production. It’s produced a glut of gas that [...]

New Website Features Detailed State-By-State Energy Data

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) unveiled a new website today designed to give a better picture of state-by-state energy trends and data. The site features interactive maps where users can zoom in and see different features related to energy production. For example, users can pull up a map layer that just shows Pennsylvania’s natural [...]

The Energy Information Administration’s New Report, In Four Charts

The analysts at the United States Energy Information Administration released their preliminary annual report on energy use Wednesday afternoon. (The full document won’t come out until early next year.) The forecast aims to predict domestic energy production, use and cost over the next three decades. What’s  it say? Here are some highlights from in four easy-to-understand charts. [...]

Charting Horizontal Wells’ Production Impact

How has horizontal drilling changed Pennsylvania’s energy landscape? New graphics from the federal Energy Information Administration provide a clear answer. Drillers have been extracting natural gas from below Pennsylvania for decades. But  in 2007, a major change started taking place: instead of drilling wells straight into the ground, energy extractors began drilling horizontally. That’s because  [...]

Chart Illustrates Shale Gas’ Key Role In Domestic Production

Lost in the buzz about this week’s new Energy Information Agency report that downgraded estimates for the Marcellus Shale: the finding’s positive outlook for long-term domestic gas production. Pittsburgh’s Essential Public Radio posts this graphic showing how important of a factor shale gas will be if the country is going to ramp up gas extraction [...]

Feds: Less Shale, But More Production

How’s this for mixed messages? A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency is reducing its estimate of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale to 141 trillion cubic feet. Last year, an EIA report put the level at more than 400 trillion cubic feet of gas. The same report, however, anticipates domestic gas production [...]

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