PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new federal report says that natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region continues to grow rapidly.
The report released Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration says that Marcellus production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a day. That's the energy equivalent of about two million barrels of oil, and more than six times the 2009 production.
The vast majority of the Marcellus gas is coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The shale also lies under other states in the region, but most of the wells in Ohio produce oil, and New York has placed a moratorium on shale gas drilling.
The Marcellus now produces more natural gas than any field in the nation according to the EIA, which is a part of the Department of Energy.