The first Marcellus Shale gas well was drilled in 2004. More than one decade and 10,000 wells later, the industry continues to evolve and shape the regional and national economy.
It has been a bumpy ride. The number of drilling rigs in the Marcellus region declined from 130 in 2012 to less than twenty in 2016 as gas prices collapsed from $12 last decade to just $2. Much of the regions gas production has been “shut in”, lacking the infrastructure required to move it to market.
Now the industry is enjoying a comeback. Looser restrictions on pipeline construction should allow more gas to flow from the Marcellus region to East Coast cities. Manufacturers are beginning to capitalize on low cost domestic supplies, including the construction of a $6 billion petrochemical plant locally. Perhaps most importantly, exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are surging after last years completion of the first LNG export terminal, located in Louisiana. With four more terminals under construction, the U.S. is projected to become a net exporter of gas in 2018.
Beyond the economic impact, American LNG exports could shake up geopolitics. Lithuania’s first LNG import terminal is named “Independence” – a nod to Russia’s control over the European gas market.
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