Pennsylvania’s new growth industry, natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, has started to take off in a big way. Figures show production was 60 percent higher for the first six months of 2011 than is was for the last six months of 2010.
Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties were responsible for over half of the state’s natural gas production. So far this year, production in Pennsylvania has topped 400 billion cubic feet of natural gas. There are over 1600 wells tapping the Marcellus Shale gas reserves in Pennsylvania.
The gas industry is not without controversy, despite the economic impact it brings. Issues with ground water contamination and taxation rage on.