Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Marcellus Drillers in 2011

NOTE: The facts and figures below were cited from a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article. MDN has been contacted by several of the drilling companies in the list to let us know the numbers in some cases are not at all accurate. MDN is attempting to verify now (Feb 28) and will correct these numbers as soon as the raw data can be further analyzed.

top 10In 2011, Marcellus drilling expanded exponentially in Pennsylvania. According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), companies drilled 2,755 Marcellus shale gas wells in Pennsylvania in 2011, up from 1,386 in 2010. That’s nearly a 200 percent increase (or doubling) in one year alone.

Below are the top 10 Marcellus drillers in Pennsylvania ranked by amount of gas produced. Included are some other bits of information (PA figures only) to give you an idea of the size and scope of that company’s operation in the PA Marcellus. (mcf = thousand cubit feet)

1. Chesapeake Appalachia (Chesapeake Energy)
Acres under lease: 401,000
Employees: 2,199
2011 Production: 3,329 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $879 million

2. EQT Production
Acres under lease: 530,000
Employees: 1,800
2011 Production: 558 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $178.9 million

3. Anadarko E & P Co.
Acres under lease: 330,000
Employees: 2,200
2011 Production: 556 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $274 million

4. CNX Gas (Consol Energy)
Acres under lease: 633,000
Employees: 2,476
2011 Production: 500 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $167 million

5. Range Resources Appalachia LLC
Acres under lease: 1.1 million
Employees: 400
2011 Production: 400 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $221 million

6. Talisman Energy USA
Acres under lease: 233,000
Employees: 140
2011 Production: 315 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $165 million

7. Chevron Appalachia (Atlas Energy)
Acres under lease: 228,000
Employees: 350
2011 Production: 244 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $94.3 million

8. Cabot Gas & Oil
Acres under lease: 253,000
Employees: 400
2011 Production: 100 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $106.6 million

9. Seneca Resources (National Fuel Gas Co.)
Acres under lease: 745,000
Employees: na
2011 Production: 50.4 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: $258.4 million

10. Shell Appalachia
Acres under lease: 700,000
Employees: 185
2011 Production: 50 mcf per day
2011 Earnings: na

*Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Feb 26, 2012) – Marcellus shale drilling expands in Pennsylvania