Marcellus Shale Now Largest Gas Play in the US, IHS Reports

The Marcellus shale play reached a production rate of more than 7 billion cubic feet per day, making it the largest gas-producing play in the United States, IHS reports. This is despite the fact that due to low natural gas prices, the number of active drilling rigs in the Marcellus shale play declined by one-third to approximately 80 rigs during 2012. However, the Marcellus still has more gas-directed rigs running than any other play in the United States. The most active counties in the Marcellus shale play were Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna, Tioga and Washington.