New statistics show that production in the Northern Panhandle natural gas fields has nearly tripled in two years.
The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey statistics show drillers pumped nearly three times as much natural gas in the region during 2014 compared to 2012.
Ohio County has seen one of the largest booms in production. In 2012, the county produced 2.7 billion cubic feet. Two years later, the total jumped to 33.5 billion cubic feet.
West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Executive Director Corky Demarco says production numbers across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia should increase again once the Dominion Resources Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility opens in Maryland. The facility is projected to open in late 2017.