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1. Pennsylvania’s shale wells produced more than 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2012, continuing a trend of production growth despite fewer drilling rigs in the field.
2. New production data showed that 1.1 trillion cubic feet of gas flowed from unconventional wells in Pennsylvania during the second half of 2012.
3. The wells in Pennsylvania produced an average of 6.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day between July and December, or about 9 percent of the nation’s 70 billion cubic feet per day in gas demand in 2012.
4. The state’s shale gas production doubled between 2011 and 2012, even as the number of rigs drilling new wells in Pennsylvania dropped by almost 24 percent from 110 in 2011 to 84 in 2012, in response to lower gas prices and companies migrating to more lucrative oil shales in other states.
5. The Energy Information Administration said it expects that Marcellus Shale production will continue to grow despite relatively low natural gas prices, as drilled wells are tied to an expanding network of pipelines. It also suggested that increased rig efficiency will maintain production levels, even as the number of active rigs has declined.
6. Northeast Pennsylvania wells dominated the state’s biannual production report, as in past reporting periods. All but three of the top 25 wells were in Susquehanna or Wyoming counties. The top-producing well for the period, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation’s A. Heitzenroder 3 well in Susquehanna County, produced 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas over six months.
7. As John Hanger pointed out about Item #6 above, that amount of gas production in just six months from just one “monster” Marcellus well is “enough gas to supply 51,724 residential customers of the Philadelphia Gas Works” for an entire year, which is one of every natural gas customers in the Philadelphia area.
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