Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Gas Production Growth Strong

by Kenneth E. DuBose on August 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale gas production grew by almost 60% in the first half of 2011. That roughly falls in line with what some experts predicted, but wow that’s pretty amazing growth. For those counting, it equates to almost 2.4 Bcf per day of gas production in Pennsylvania, but that’s just an average. The end of the period would have had much higher rates than the beginning. It also adds up to 1.4 Bcf per day for the three largest producing counties: Bradford County, Susquehanna County, and Tioga County.  That’s strong growth and likely an indication of what is to come.

Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania continued its rapid rise in the first half of 2011, according to figures released this week by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The state’s 1,632 producing Marcellus wells pumped out 432.5 billion cubic feet of gas during the first six months of the year – a 60 percent increase from the amount of gas produced in the second half of 2010.

The three counties that led the state in gas production, Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga, pulled 260 billion cubic feet of gas from the shale – slightly less than all of the Marcellus Shale gas that was produced in the entire state in the last half of 2010.

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