Pennsylvania natural gas output leaps by more than 60 percent

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Pennsylvania has jumped to No. 2 among all states in producing natural gas. Data compiled by Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research showed that producers in Pennsylvania produced 3.3 trillion cubic feet of unconventional natural gas in 2013. That’s up 63 percent from 2.04 percent in 2012.

The report cited new pipeline capacity for boosting the production.

Texas still is far ahead of Pennsylvania in natural gas production, producing 6.8 trillion cubic feet last year.

"Producers added 700 new wells in the second half of 2013. During the first half of the year, there were 4,200 producing wells in Pennsylvania," said Matt Henderson, the center's shale gas asset manager. By the end of 2013, there were 4,917 producing wells. Another 1,225 wells are waiting for pipeline connections. They represent 225 billion cubic feet of untapped gas, according to the Penn State center's calculations.

Officials at the center project production will reach 3.8 trillion to 4.5 trillion cubic feet by the end of 2014.

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Larry K. said:
I don't follow that comment.

Increased gas production will generate jobs, tax revenue, energy independence from the Middle East, a greater supply and lower gas prices for us.

I'm not a big Obama fan either wk but you can't blame him for everything. In the case of increased production of natural gas, that's pretty much private industry driven.

March 3, 2014 3:24 pm

wk said:
Lol.I think this is so funny, and sad, at the same time.I've worked welding process piping in petro-chemical refineries, 30 yrs of my costs practically pennies to refine oil per barrel,as does natural gas.plants that refine are completely out of the Red within 30 days of operations start-up.there is no oil shortages, natural gas shortages.our heating bills , gas for our cars ,have all gone up...only due to the exports of such products. Exports, Mainly to China.only because China pays top dollar for them. China controls what the American public pays for natural gas, gasoline, and yes natural gas. Our chemical company's are only concerned with profit margins. Not wether your 80 yr old granny on fixed income is gonna freeze to death ,cause her social security ck took to a hit to pay for Obama's welfare programs.its treasonist to me to create shortages of products such as these, in a economy that's struggling such as ours .mainly to to the mismanagement of our government, under this Obama administration. There is only one person to blame for supposed shortages, that is the one who wears a wedding band that states in Arabic writing."there is no god but Ala".we need to keep our natural resources in our own country to take care of our needs.if big industry did this.there would be no shortages.

February 25, 2014 10:02 am

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