Marcellus shale activity in the area has held steady over the past two years, recent data shows. According to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, last year in Beaver County, there were 41 permits for unconventional wells granted, while 10 wells were drilled. In Allegheny County last year, 25 permits were granted, while nine unconventional wells were drilled. And in Lawrence County, 25 permits for unconventional wells were granted, while 12 unconventional wells were drilled. And statewide, there were 2,173 wells drilled all last year — of those, 1,207 were unconventional.
Those county numbers are about the same as drilling activity in 2012, DEP data shows. For Beaver County in 2012, there were 49 unconventional permits issued and 17 unconventional wells drilled. In Allegheny County in 2012, there were 28 unconventional permits issued, six conventional wells drilled and 13 unconventional wells drilled. And in Lawrence County in 2012, there were 38 unconventional permits issued and 18 unconventional wells drilled.
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