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Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, report says

| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 11:57 a.m.
The Poseidon well pad in Penn Township.
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The Poseidon well pad in Penn Township.
The Poseidon well pad in Penn Township.
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The Poseidon well pad in Penn Township.

Pennsylvania was sitting on at least 62.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in 2016, trailing only Texas, which had at least 88.3 trillion cubic feet, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Pennsylvania saw the largest increase in proved reserves because development of the Marcellus shale added 6.1 trillion cubic feet to the total. Overall, the nation's reserves increased 16.8 trillion cubic feet or about 5 percent to 341.1 trillion cubic feet.

The nation produced about 29 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2016, so the reserves represent about 11.7 years of production at that rate.

Proved reserves are estimates of how much natural gas can be recovered from known reservoirs under current economic and operating conditions.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, bbowling@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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