Natural Gas Development
Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is one of the largest, most productive, and most significant natural gas plays in the United States. It has permitted Pennsylvania to become the country’s second leading producer of natural gas (trailing only Texas), and for the United States to move to the front of the line as the world’s leading developer of oil and natural gas.
While drilling in the Marcellus Shale had been occurring for years, it was thanks to amazing technological advances in drilling technology in the early 2000s that permitted development and extraction to grow by leaps and bounds. Thanks to these new methods, we are able to safely and efficiently reach stores of natural gas that were previously unreachable.
In 2016, there are 31 regulated natural gas companies in Pennsylvania, including 10 with taxable gross revenues exceeding $40 million per year. As of early 2015, there were 18,609 drilling permit applications that had been filed with state authorities. From those, 8,827 wells had been drilled. And our state’s annual gross natural gas production doubled from 2012 to 2014, exceeding 4 trillion cubic feet.
With smart investments in new infrastructure development, Pennsylvania can continue to be among the nation’s leaders in natural gas development, enjoy a stronger economy, and help power America’s future.