Federal energy experts say Marcellus Shale natural gas production has hit an all-time high.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that production from Pennsylvania and West Virginia totaled about 15 billion cubic feet per day in July. That’s more than seven times the 2010 production.
“This record is the result of increasing crude oil production from the Williston Basin’s Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and eastern Montana”
“Marcellus region production has increased dramatically over the past four years, increasing from 2 [billion cubic feet per day] in 2010 to its current level,” the EIA said.
The number of active rigs in the area has hovered near 100 rigs over the past 10 months. Improved drilling productivity has boosted production numbers while keeping rig counts relatively steady.
The Marcellus isn’t the only shale play seeing big growth. Oil production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota surpassed 1 million barrels per day in April and May, the most recent EIA data available.
The Marcellus Shale generally lies about a mile or more underground, and is the most productive natural gas field in the U.S. At current rates the total yearly production is the energy equivalent of about 800 million barrels of oil. The Marcellus, is a shale formation located primarily in Pennsylvania and West Virginia regions, accounts for almost 40 percent of U.S. shale gas production.
EIA says it expects that Marcellus production will continue to grow.
by Redacción Gas Shale México