Gas production from the Marcellus shale will continue to reach record levels through at least October, federal analysts said Monday.
The Energy Information Administration expects output from the country’s biggest shale play to surpass 16 billion cubic feet per day in October, continuing its climb from about 12 billion in January. The majority of that production is from wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The closest shale play in production — the Eagle Ford in Texas — is expected to pump out nearly 7 billion cubic feet daily.
The agency also expects to see further development of the Utica shale beneath the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, which should top 1.4 billion cubic feet per day. The EIA began including the Utica on its monthly production reports last month.