Marcellus Shales Responsible for Most Natural Gas in U.S. in 2013
The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report in mid-April that stated which domestic company was the leading producer of natural gas in the year of 2013. The top producer, which was the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, reportedly produced 2.86 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that year.
The survey has not been conducted by the EIA since 2009. The report release six years ago stated the leading producer was the Barnett Shale located in Texas, who produced only one-third of what he Marcellus Shale produced in 2013, totaling 1.95 tcf. However, the Marcellus Shales, which covers over half of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of Ohio, has a lot more gas reserves in its boundaries than the Barnett Shale.
The high number of natural gas wells throughout the Marcellus Shale have helped the field become the largest producer of gas in the country. As of 2015, the shale is producing around 14.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day. There are currently seven major shales in the United States and the Marcellus shale is responsible 36% of the total of natural gas produced.