Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas production continued to climb during the second quarter as prices increased and operations gained steam after hitting lows during the Covid-19 pandemic last year. 

Unconventional production came in at 1.851 Tcf in the second quarter, up 7.8% from 2Q2020. It was the strongest year/year growth for a quarter in nearly two years, according to the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Quarterly growth hit its lowest rate on record in 2Q2020 as demand declined amid the virus outbreak. 

“The second quarter growth was largely driven by June production, which grew by 10% from June 2020,” IFO said. “Year/year growth in quarterly production has now accelerated notably through the first half of 2021.” 

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