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Shale Gas Production Hits Record

August 16, 2013

Anya Litvak

marcellus shale
Gas-bearing shale (file photo)

Shale gas production from Pennsylvania wells reached an all-time high during the first six months of 2013, according to Department of Environmental Protection data.

Operators pulled more than 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas out of the ground, doubling the production reported during the same time last year.

DEP collects production data from unconventional wells in six month increments.

Gas flows have been on the rise every reporting period:

--July-December 2012: 1.1 trillion cubic feet

--January-June 2012: 704 billion cubic feet

--July-December 2011: 607 billion cubic feet

--January-June 2011: 433 billion cubic feet

--July-December 2010: 256 billion cubic feet

Condensate and oil production also increased. Producers recovered 1,252,427 barrels of condensate, or natural gas liquids, from shale wells during the first half of the year, and 16,865 barrels of oil.

The numbers confirm estimates released by Bentek Energy earlier this week. The Colorado-based research group tallied gas deliveries to pipelines and calculated that 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas flowed from Pennsylvania wells during the first half of 2013.

Anya Litvak: or 412-263-1455.


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