With the recent interest in Marcellus Shale, many citizens in local areas are beginning to buzz about the fact that drilling rigs could be placed in their region. So – exactly what areas are receiving permits for drilling of Marcellus Shale?
Based on a recent article in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Bradford County is the most active for companies receiving permits to drill in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Washington and Greene counties have the most permits regionally. These figures are based on permits issued within the past 12 months.
Below is a listing of the top five counties along with the number of permits issued in each:
- Bradford County – 2,288
- Tioga County – 1,624
- Washington County – 1,171
- Lycoming County – 1,114
- Greene County – 1,045
Pennsylvania has a total of 67 counties and at least 37 had at least one permit to drill issued. There were 32 counties that had at least 10 permits and 20 had more than 100 permits issued.
The most active counties for permits issued were as follows:
- Bradford County – 731
- Lycoming County – 539
- Tioga County – 513
- Greene County – 443
- Susquehanna County – 409
- Washington County – 403
A full listing of the permits issued in each county can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website.