According to data compiled by Powell Shale Digest, almost 90 percent of the 5,000 wells drilling into the Marcellus Shale are located in 11 counties in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. Data from the state shows that many additional counties in these states did not have any gas drilling wells tapping into the Marcellus.
Wells are very prominent in the state of Pennsylvania with Bradford County having 1,008 wells. Following in a close second is Tioga with 693 wells and Washington County with 560 wells.
Most of these wells were drilled in the last two years, 2,046 wells the year prior and 1,644 wells to the year prior to that.
“Given that Marcellus drilling activity in Pennsylvania is slowing in 2012 in response to depressed natural gas prices, it will be most interesting to see how this year stacks up compared to the others,” the March ’12 issue of Powell Shale Digest noted.
A boom in production has been visibly notable with the recent advances in drilling technology. This has made the shale more accessible and has created many jobs and a drop in natural gas prices.
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