Calhoun County is ranked 21st in WV's 55 counties with the production of natural gas in the latest ratings given for 2010.

Calhoun produced 3,843,714 mcf gas, fairly consistent for the past five years.

In 2010, Calhoun had 2,607 active oil and gas wells. Oil production is listed at about 100,000 barrels annually. Of regional counties, Ritchie had the highest production of oil at 154,784 barrels.

The state's largest gas producers: Harrison (29,878,727 mcf); Doddridge (20,923,447 mcf); McDowell (20,526,079 mcf); Logan (18,113,146 mcf); Wetzel (17,482,843 mcf).

Regionally, production of natural gas: Ritchie County (8,499,026 mcf); Gilmer (6,392,674); Calhoun (3,843,714 mcf); Roane (3,568,971 mcf); Clay 2,636,078 mcf); Braxton (2,629,066 mcf); Wirt 479,767 mcf).

Fascinatingly, McDowell County is the the third largest producer of natural gas in WV and has been known as the "billion dollar coal field," but is among the 100 poorest counties in the USA.

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