The Appalachian Basin Produces The Most Natural Gas In The US

The largest source of natural gas in the United States is reportedly the Appalachian Basin, which includes the Marcellus-Utica shales. Natural gas has been recovered from the region in record-breaking numbers since the adoption of hydraulic fracturing methods, which make oil and natural gas recovery more efficient, productive, and cost-effective. Natural gas and oil production has ramped up considerably in the past few years and shows no sign of slowing, despite lower gas prices.

The Marcellus Shale Compared to the Rest of the World

The Marcellus shale is currently producing nearly as much natural gas as either Qatar or Iran. This is a staggering amount, given the strong oil production industry in both regions. The Marcellus shale alone is producing more natural gas than China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Indonesia. In fact, the Marcellus shale is only bested by Canada, Iran, Qatar, and the Russian Federation. Even then, the difference between the Marcellus Shale, Canada, Iran, and Qatar is negligible. Natural gas has become one of the primary methods for energy production in many areas across the globe, and it’s expected to contribute substantially to lessened emissions throughout the globe.

The Marcellus Shale and United States Natural Gas Production

Though the Marcellus shale nearly exceeds the natural gas production of the countries of Qatar, Iran, and Canada, it is not the only natural gas production in the United States. In fact, when the Marcellus shale is combined with other United States natural gas production, domestic natural gas production exceeds every other nation, including Russia. The United States is presently the leading supplier of natural gas throughout the world, a situation that could have some significant ramifications for global trade and the energy market. Though the Marcellus shale is presently three times larger than the Utica shale, some believe that the Utica shale could grow larger, depending on how legislation is approached in areas such as New York.

The Role of Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas

Though the Marcellus and Utica shales have been known to be plentiful for some time, they could not previously enter into large volume production because drilling was prohibitively difficult and potentially unsafe. Hydraulic fracturing has made it both easier and safer to recover large volumes of both natural gas and crude oil from shale, thereby vastly increasing the effective amount of natural gas that is available for recovery throughout North America. The United States has seen a tremendous boom in natural gas and crude oil production since the adoption of hydraulic fracturing methods.

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