PA Report Card: 6,200 Shale Wells Drilled, 3,550 in Production
A quick report card on Pennsylvania’s amazing Marcellus Shale drilling: “Across the state, 6,200 shale gas wells have been drilled, though only 3,550 are currently producing. Even with just that production, Pennsylvania rose to the third largest producer in the United States in 2012, behind only Texas and Louisiana. In 2010, the Commonwealth ranked 14th.” In 2012, PA produced 2.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, mostly from shale. That was more than double the previous year’s production. No wonder it went from 14th to 3rd in U.S. production in just two years.
The quote above comes from an article discussing the PA Marcellus Shale delivered at a bi-monthly talk in Potter County, PA. Here’s more insights from that talk, including the observation that 2013 will be “the year of the pipeline” in PA: