On July 8, 2015 10:38 am
By Casey Junkins
Even amid a drilling slowdown, nationwide natural gas production averaged 91.54 billion cubic feet per day in April compared to 85.8 Bcf per day in April 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Corky Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, is impressed by the 3.69 daily Bcf the Mountain State is pumping. However, he said this is likely just the beginning because of the Rogersville shale underlying much of the southwestern portion of the state.
“We have barely begun to scratch the surface of this Appalachian Basin,” he said of the area that includes the Marcellus and Utica shale region. “It’s all about supply and demand. Now that we have the demand – and we have the new technology of horizontal drilling – we can go after the deeper formations because it is economical.”