By Timothy Cama - 08/05/14 12:02 PM EDT
Natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region exceed 15 billion cubic feet per day in July for the first time, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Tuesday.
The Marcellus, mostly located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is now the most productive shale gas region in the country, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the United States’ shale gas.
But since rig productivity is improving, the EIA expects continued growth in production, even if the rig count stays the same.
The EIA also predicted that new wells in the Marcellus in August will produce 600 million cubic feet per day, which would more than offset the productivity losses of existing wells.