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Pennsylvania Shale Gas Production Tops 5 TCF in 2016

by Will Brackett

Pennsylvania posted a 10 percent increase in natural gas production from shale gas plays in 2016 in a year that was marked by a slow recovery in pricing and well drilling.

There were 5.05 trillion cubic feet of natural gas produced in shale plays in the commonwealth during the year, according to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. That’s up from 4.6 trillion cubic feet recorded in 2015.

The data showed that the double-digit growth in natural gas production seen in Pennsylvania over the course of past decade of the Marcellus Shale boom has slowed for another year. It was up 13 percent in 2015 compared to the year before, although it’s no surprise: Marcellus and Utica shale production has been heavily impacted by the severe decline in price that started in 2014.

Read more of the story from the Pittsburgh Business Times here

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