Natural Gas Production Soars in W.Va.'s Northern Panhandle

Oct 27, 2014

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Natural gas production in Brooke County rose from 1.4 million cubic feet in 2012 to 8 billion cubic feet in 2013. There was no natural gas production in the county from 2009 to 2011.

Statewide production increased from 265.3 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 742.4 billion cubic feet in 2013.