Pennsylvania’s 2016 natgas production sets record

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania grew by 10% in 2016, but oil and condensate production declined, according to new data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Gas production, mostly from the Marcellus Shale play, grew to 5.10 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) for 2016, up from 4.60 Tcf in 2015, Kallanish Energy reports. That is a record high for Pennsylvania natural gas production, despite a sharp drop in drilling due to low commodity prices.

Oil production dropped 35.6% in 2016, to 25,642 barrels (Bbls), down from the 39,813 Bbls in 2015. Condensate production declined from 5.254 million barrels (MMBbls) in 2015, to 4.706 MMBbls, a decline of 10.4%.

Pennsylvania remains No. 2 for natural gas production behind Texas, which produced 8.12 Tcf in 2016.