Pennsylvania gas production hits another peak



Gas production in the state continued to hit records, with 1.9 trillion cubic feet of gas coming out of the ground during the first half of the year, according to new data released from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

During the previous six-month reporting period, operators posted 1.7 trillion cubic feet of gas production, while a year ago it was closer to 1.4 trillion.

Susquehanna County had the most gas during the past six months, with 455 billion cubic feet, or 23 percent of the state sum. Bradford and Lycoming counties followed.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, Washington County continued to lead the area in gas production with 198 billion cubic feet, followed closely by Greene County with 172 billion cubic feet.

Washington County also was once again the leader in liquids production in the state by a large margin with 1.8 million barrels of condensate, most of which came from Range Resources, and 204,316 barrels of oil, all from Chesapeake Energy.

While a very distant second, Mercer County is starting to emerge as another liquids-rich destination, with Shell and Halcon having some successes there with condensate and oil. Last week, Shell sold off its acreage in Mercer and neighboring western Pennsylvania counties to Rex Energy Corp.

Five Cabot Oil & Gas wells in Susquehanna County were the most productive during the past six months, pumping out the most gas per day even though some had already been producing for more than six months. Typically, a shale gas well starts to slow production after only a few months.

A total of 510 new wells were brought online in the state earlier this year.

Anya Litvak: alitvak@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1455.

Editor’s Note: This story was changed to reflect a correction in the number of new wells that were brought online during the first six months of 2014. That number is 510. 

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