Pennsylvania saw a major boost in natural gas production from 2011 to 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The state, home to the Marcellus Shale formation, boosted natural gas production 72 percent between the two years. The jump makes Pennsylvania the fastest-growing natural gas producing state, according to the report.
The EIA report was released Dec. 17th. Data shows Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale production helped move Pennsylvania from the seventh-largest natural gas producing state in 2011 to the top spot last year.
Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale production continues to increase. The state produced 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first six months of 2013, State Impact reported. This is a 57 percent increase from the same time period in 2012. If Marcellus production continues near current rates, Pennsylvania may be the second-largest natural gas producing state in 2013, ranking behind Texas.
No other state came close to Pennsylvania's growth in natural gas production in 2012. The second fastest-growing state between 2011 and 2012 was West Virginia, according to the EIA, which saw production increase by 37 percent. Third place was a tie between Oklahoma and Arkansas, which each experienced a 7 percent growth in natural gas production in 2012 compared to 2011.
Overall U.S. natural gas production increased 5 percent between 2011 and 2012, the EIA said.