October natural gas production in Texas and Pennsylvania rose by double-digit percentages from a year ago, reversing drops recorded in September, according to state regulator data.
In Texas, preliminary gas production climbed roughly 17%, to 772.89 Bcf, from 665.72 Bcf during October 2019, Shale Directories reports.
Data from the country’s largest gas producer is preliminary and will be updated as late and corrected production reports are received at the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Odds are the updated volume figure will significantly jump, as October 2019’s final data totaled 924.98 Bcf.
Pennsylvania’s gas production during October climbed nearly 11%, to 645.94 Bcf, from 583.10 Bcf, data from the state Department of Environmental Protection revealed.
Reeves County in West Texas dominated gas production in the “Lone Star State” during October, recording 82.40 Bcf pulled from the ground, up from 62.43 Bcf one year earlier.
Another West Texas county, Midland County, moved up to Texas’ second-highest gas producer during October from third place one year ago, with production totaling 53.26 Bcf, from 35.57 Bcf.
Webb County in South Texas slid to third place from second in October 2019, with production pegged at 44.90 Bcf, up from 36.24 Bcf. The fourth- and fifth-highest gas producers during this past October were Panola (37.40 Bcf in production), and Culberson (33.91 Bcf).
Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County, located in the Marcellus Shale play’s dry-gas portion in the state’s northeast quadrant, remains Pennsylvania’s largest producer, even though production for October slipped year-over-year.
Production this past October totaled 136.63 Bcf, down from 136.69 Bcf one year earlier. Washington County, located in Pennsylvania’s southwest region, took second place in terms of production, rising to 103.33 Bcf, from 103.23 Bcf in October 2019.
Third place both years was the county to the south of Washington, Greene, even though its year-over-year production for October fell. The October 2020 production totaled 87.30 Bcf, down from 89.45 Bcf one year ago.
Rounding out the Top 5 slots for October 2020, were Bradford County in North-Central Pennsylvania, with 76.55 Bcf in production, and Lycoming County in the northeast, producing 38.34 Bcf.