Natural Gas Production and Consumption Increases in West Virginia, Nationwide

Natural gas production and consumption rose nationwide according to new statistics published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Natural Gas Annual and the West Virginia State Journal. Of particular note, natural gas production in West Virginia rose approximately 50 percent in 2011 over previous years, with Shale production representing 58 percent of WV’s production. Statewide the number of WV producing natural gas wells rose to 56,800 in 2011, a 4, 300 well increase from 2010’s production levels. No new estimates were given for the natural gas reserves believed to be underlying the Mountain State.