(05/05/2012)
By Bob Weaver

A survey shows natural gas drillers have completed nearly 1,600 wells in West Virginia since 2006.

Current reports say 1,273 wells are still being developed where companies are rushing to tap vast deposits of the Marcellus shale field.

The study by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, an arm of the state Department of Commerce, found that Wetzel County has 62 completed Marcellus wells, followed by 46 in Tyler County, but the largest number being in Harrison and Doddridge.

Large numbers of wells also exist in the southern coalfields, including Logan, Lincoln, Boone, Mingo and Wyoming counties.

But West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Executive Director Corky DeMarco says current low natural gas prices may cause drillers to curtail operations or shift their attention from dry to wet gas regions.

Calhoun County, according to the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. currently has 2,607 active oil and gas wells, ranking 21st in production among the state's 55 counties. In 2006, Calhoun had 2,391 active oil and gas wells.

Calhoun in 2010 produced 3,843,714 Mcf in gas and 99,071 Bbl in oil, a consistent average since 2006.

2010 GAS/OIL PRODUCTION REGIONAL COUNTIES:

Ritchie: Active Oil&Gas Wells 5,022 - Production: Gas 8,499,026 Mcf/Oil 154,784 Bbl

Gilmer: Active Oil&Gas Wells 3,043 - Production: Gas 6,392,674 Mcf/Oil 87,084 Bbl

Calhoun: Active Oil&Gas Wells 2,607 - Production: Gas 3,843,714 Mcf/Oil 99,071 Bbl

Roane: Active Oil&Gas Wells 1,930 - Production: 3,568,971 Mcf/Oil 123,397 Bbl

Clay: Active Oil&Gas Wells 1,293 - Production: Gas 2,636,078 Mcf/Oil 68,151 Bbl

Braxton: Active Oil$Gas Wells 1,043 - Production: Gas 2,629,066 Mcf/Oil 8,498 Bbl

Wirt: Active Oil&Gas Wells 499 - Production: Gas 479,767 Mcf/Oil 28,105 Bbl


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