Quarterly comparison shows increase of more than 9% in Pa. natural gas production |

Quarterly comparison shows increase of more than 9% in Pa. natural gas production

Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
A natural gas well pad off Yutes Run Road in Frazer is seen in the background. The Pittsburgh Mills mall is just down the hill from the well site.

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production in the last three months of 2017 was 9.8 percent higher than it was in the same period of 2016, according to the Independent Fiscal Office.

The state produced 1,401.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 125 billion cubic feet over the fourth quarter of 2016.

The number of wells producing gas increased 9.2 percent to 8,268 total horizontal and vertical wells operating at the end of last year. Horizontal wells, which are the ones used to tap the Marcellus and Utica fields, represented about 94 percent of those producing wells.

According to the report, about two-thirds of the state’s natural gas production comes from four counties: Susquehanna, Washington, Bradford and Greene.

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