Federal Government Wants to Track PA Oil and Gas Production More Closely

  • Marie Cusick

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A hydraulic fracturing drill rig in Bradford County.

The Associated Press reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is looking to provide more up-to-date data about oil and gas production.
Right now companies in Pennsylvania are required to submit production data every six months.
The EIA wants to include more precise estimates in its own survey, which collects information directly from oil and gas producers. From the AP:

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says it wants to include monthly production estimates from Pennsylvania and 11 other states in its reports.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group based in Pennsylvania, says Monday that it supports the EIA proposal. Kathryn Klaber, the group’s president, says they recognize the importance of more frequent reporting given the dramatic increases in production.

“Pennsylvania wasn’t quite as significant as a producer in the past,” says EIA spokesman Jonathan Corgan, “We want to isolate Pennsylvania so it’s statistically valid.”
StateImpact’s Shale Play map of gas wells in Pennsylvania is based on the state’s natural gas production data.