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Petroleum Economist Comments On Natural Gas Boom

August 13, 2013

With the quest for natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania still booming, and oil production in the United States up this year, the industry is keeping a watchful eye on Washington.

The chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute, Pennsylvania native John Felmy tells Radio PA News he is concerned that any proposals to add new federal regulations could hurt the industry.

Meanwhile, Felmy says the U.S. has increased its production of oil, heading toward an all-time record.  Despite lower natural gas prices, drillers are still busy in Pennsylvania, although development drilling has slowed.

Felmy also notes a shift in the geographic regions seeing increased production — from northeastern Pennsylvania, where dry gas like methane is prevalent, to southwestern regions, such as Washington County, where drillers are finding abundant natural gas liquids, which he says are “higher-priced and more profitable to produce.”

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