The production of natural oil and gas throughout the state in 2018, with Marshall and Ohio counties, led the package in oil production.
By the release of West Virginia Natural Oil and Gas Association, oil production grew nearly 60 percent, from 7.5 million barrels to 12 million in 2018. That's the most oil produced in West Virginia since 1900, when The state produced 16 million barrels, according to Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA.
Natural gas production rose to 1.8 trillion cubic feet in 2018, up from 1.5 cwf in 2017, according to the association.
“One of the main reasons why West Virginia has a historic budget surplus due to the huge rise in natural gas and oil production,” Blankenship said. “Rising production results in higher yield and property tax receipts, which helps to fund vital services such as education, road improvements, and healthcare, and also create more jobs for West Virgin. ”
Last year Marshall County showed 2,914,894 oil barrels, an increase of 116 per cent. Ohio County went second, producing 2,362,026 barrels.
Other Northern Panhandle counties were also best ranked, with Brooke, Tyler and Wetzel counties being the third most productive, third and seventh most oil-efficient.
On natural gas, Tyler County was the second largest gas producing county, behind Doddridge County, with Tyler producing 272 billion cubic feet of gas, an increase of 59 per cent on the previous year. Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio counties ranked third, fourth and sixth, respectively, for gas production.
Although Blankenship did not have specific information about what caused the production, she said that oil and gas production has improved dramatically due to advances in drilling and extraction technology.
“We continue to grow further due to advances in technology. It allows fewer drillers to produce more gas overall, ”. Blankenship said.
“To put this huge amount of gas production into context, the average number of West Virginia households consuming around 72,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year,” t she added. “We provide enough gas in one day to meet the needs of every West Virgin (for a day).”
Much of the gas is exported throughout the country for use and refinement, she said, and WVONGA would like to keep more of the products within the state.
“It's only last year, but a lot is being exported,” she said. “We need to create more end-use within West Virginia, and that's what we want to see, so that we can keep it here, but at this point a lot of it is going out of date. ”