Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S.

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Pennsylvania's natural gas production growth led the United States in 2018 — and helped set a national record.

The Energy Information Administration said dry natural gas production rose 12 percent to 83.8 trillion cubic feet in the United States in 2018, the largest percentage increase since 1951 and the highest increase in volume as far as records go back.

While Texas remained the top gas producing state with 6.8 trillion cubic feet, Pennsylvania was not far behind with 6.1 trillion cubic feet, according to EIA data. That's up from 5.4 trillion cubic feet in Pennsylvania in 2017.

This occurred during a year of downturn in the natural gas industry and a move toward production cuts and drops in rig counts that continues this year and likely in 2020. There were 68,421 producing gas wells in Pennsylvania in 2018, down from 68,807 in 2017.

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