A couple of positive news items from shale energy country. In Pennsylvania, data from the Energy Information Administration confirms that drillers are doing more with less. In Texas, shale’s benefits are extending beyond the drilling pads in the Eagle Ford play.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that advances in horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale play have dramatically increased natural gas production using fewer wells:
“Even as the amount of natural gas produced in the Keystone State quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, the number of actual wells fell as drillers used new technology to extract more gas from a single rig. … The development of more efficient horizontal drilling technology severely slowed the number of vertical wells drilled between 2009 and 2011, a period that... more »