Natural Gas Production Data for West Virginia

by Duane Nichols on September 6, 2013

Natural  Gas Production In West Virginia in 2010, 2011, and 2012

Source: WV Geological & Economic Survey, The State Journal, August 30, 2013.

The total volume of natural gas produced in WV for the past three full years in “billion cubic feet” (Bcf) is: 298 (2010), 408 (2011), and 541 (2012). This represents an increase of 36.9 % for 2011 over 2010 and an increase of 32.5 % for 2012 over 2011.  WOW! 

How much do we need? WV consumes about 120 Bcf per year.  So we are producing  4.5  times our consumption.  And, the WV-DEP, under authority of the Governor and Legislature, continues to grant permits for more drilling, fracking, huge trucks, road damages, land disturbances, noises, lights, air pollution, water pollution, residual wastes, accidents, explosions, fires, threats to the public health, threats to the occupational health and safety of our workers.   If we are going to continue to grow this Marcellus gas industry at a greater than 30% per year growth rate, doesn’t it require some rational regulation.

The top four companies producing this natural gas in 2012 were: Antero Resources 105.7 Bcf (19.5%), Chesapeake Energy 73.6 Bcf (13.6%), EQT Production 42.2 Bcf (7.8%), XTO Energy 13 Bcf (2.4%), and so on for a total of 541.2 Bcf for 2012.

By county, the natural gas production in 2012 was: Harrison 121.7 Bcf (22.5%), Wetzel 63.7 Bcf (11.8%), Doddridge 56.8 Bcf (10.5%), Marshall 48.5 Bcf (9%), Taylor 21.3 Bcf (3.9%), Upshur 21.3 Bcf (3.9%), and so on for a total of 541.2 Bcf. These are the counties that are taking the greatest beating to their environment.

Natural gas liquids in barrels (bbl) for 2012 was 716,000 bbl, this coming from Wetzel County 39.5%, Ohio County 20.3%, Doddridge County 15.6%, Marshall County 13.2%, plus Tyler and Ritchie Counties, primarily.

NOTE: The Big Moses gas well in Tyler County was estimated at 100,000,000 cubic feet per day which is 36.5 Bcf per year. But, it is doubtful that the Big Moses well continued this high of a production for a year, since there was likely a rather steep depletion curve for the first few weeks and months.

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C. P. Leach September 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

Working natural gas in storage increased to 3,253 Bcf as of September 6, according to EIA. The 65-Bcf gain in storage levels was significantly higher than the 27-Bcf injection that occurred during the same week in 2012, but was in line with the 5-year average increase of 62 Bcf. Current inventories are 172 Bcf (5.0%) less than last year at this time and 46 Bcf (1.4%) above the 5-year average of 3,207 Bcf.


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