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Posted: March 21st, 2013
Natural gas production jumps 69 percent in Pennsylvania

The number of new gas wells drilled in Pennsylvania slid during 2012 as natural gas prices fell.

But the amount of gas produced by those wells continued to soar, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The report shows the number of new wells in Pennsylvania fell from about 2,200 in 2011 to fewer than 1,500 in 2012.

But the statistics also show that the vast majority of those new wells are horizonally drilled shale wells, which typically produce more gas.

As a result, Pennsylvania gas production jumped 69 percent in 2012,
climbing from 3.6 billion cubic feet per day to 6.1 billion cubic feet per day.

How much gas is that?

Enough to provide the average daily gas needs of 2.34 million homes in a cold climate like Erie’s.

The production increase of 2012 followed an even more dramatic increase in 2011.

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