There is a small area of the country in Northeast Pennsylvania that covers a little more than the 3,000 square miles, less than 0.1% of the total continental U.S., or just 6.5% of Pennsylvania. Although small, this region is having a big impact on the energy landscape.
By 2020, this area is estimated to supply 17% of total U.S. natural gas production—a drastic difference from just 0.2% 10 years earlier.
What is equally impressive is more than one-third of the growth is expected to happen in a period of one year. Supported by new pipeline expansions, 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas is expected to reach the market between mid-2018 and mid-2019. While there are many interesting facets of this story, including the impact to downstream basis and the impending fight for market share with producers in the southwest Marcellus and Utica, those stories will have to wait for another campfire.