From Bloomberg News:
The Bakken and Eagle Ford shale formation increased U.S. crude production by almost 700,000 barrels a day over the past year, the EIA said. That accounted for 75 percent of the crude output growth across six regions the agency will track in the new report.
The EIA, the statistical arm of the Energy Department, plans to issue the reports on a monthly basis. They’ll measure rig activity and analyze production rates and well flows over time, the agency said in a press release.
“The metrics presented in the Drilling Productivity Report are intended to be more informative than traditional indicators of future oil and gas production,” EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski said in a statement. “The report provides a new approach that takes into account changes in the application of technologies that have led to rapid increases in U.S. oil and gas production.”
The report focuses on six plays -- the Permian, Eagle Ford and Haynesville in Texas, the Bakken in North Dakota, the Niobrara in Colorado and Wyoming and the Marcellus in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The regions combined to account for 90 percent of U.S. oil production growth and almost all the natural gas production growth in 2011 and 2012.
The Marcellus accounted for 75 percent of natural gas production growth in the six regions, the EIA said.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.