U.S. Natural Gas Production – The Good News Is…..

The Marcellus Shale and Pennsylvania led the way in U.S. natural gas production in 2015. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania had record daily average figures last year with 79 billion cubic feet produced per day – up five percent from the year prior. Pennsylvania was the second highest gas producing state with Ohio and West Virginia coming in closely behind.

Unfortunately, the state’s 2015 growth was less than the growth reported in 2014 over 2013. Drops in natural gas prices and cutbacks in rigs and employment led to a decrease in growth in the Marcellus and everywhere else. Some positive news – overall production is trending upward.

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Columbia Pipeline Moving Forward

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the proposed replacement of 34 miles of natural gas pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania.

However, there are some stipulations. The project may continue as long as “mitigating measures” won’t “constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.”

Columbia Pipeline Group will replace 20-inch-diameter bare steel piping in Greene County, Washington County, and Allegheny County. The Tri-County Bare Steel Replacement Project is expected to cost $138 million.

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