Marcellus shale Production is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States. Energy for shale is natural gas used to fuel different industries. Marcellus shale sits under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio.
Shale production has been a controversial topic over the years. New York still debates whether to allow drilling practices on its portion of the shale. Only in the last five years has Marcellus shale has been a subject of serious drilling; however, analyst have already started predicting the shale’s success. New data from energy industry analysts and federal governments suggests Marcellus shale will become one of the largest natural gas producers.
According to Kyle Martinez, an analyst at Bentek Energy, in July, the combined output from Pennsylvania and West Virginia wells was about 7.4 billion cubic feet per day. This represents more than 25 percent of natural shale gas production and more than double the output from April.
The top spot for the Marcellus “doesn’t surprise me,” said Jay Apt, a professor of technology at Carnegie Mellon University. “But will it lead to industries that spring up to use that gas?” he asked. Apt is concerned the gas could end up being shipped to Canada, the Gulf Coast, or overseas, but hopeful that isn’t the case.
Apt said, Shell Oil Co.’s plan to build a petrochemical plant to turn Marcellus gas into other consumer and industrial products, including plastics. It’s believe that Shell is going to move forwards with the plan to build the $2 billion plant north of Pittsburgh. It’s also believed that small industries will follow.
Marcellus shale is estimated to be the second largest natural gas resource in the world. The United State Geological Survey (USGS) estimates the formation’s total area is around 95,000 square miles. The Marcellus shale could supply U.S. consumers’ energy needs for hundreds of years.