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Chesapeake, Antero top gas producers in W.Va.

Associated Press Published: October 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Harrison County has produced more natural gas from Marcellus shale wells than any other in West Virginia.

That's the conclusion of number-crunching by the State Journal (

It says producers report monthly well-by-well volumes to the state Department of Environmental Protection by March 31 each year. Data through December 2011 is now available.

The first horizontally drilled Marcellus well started producing in December 2007 in Marshall County. Since then, statewide production has soared. It's measured in million cubic feet, or mcf.

Chesapeake Appalachia is the single biggest producer, with a statewide total of 84 million mcf.

Colorado-based Antero Resources came in second at 51 million mcf, while Pennsylvania-based EQT Production was third at 33 million mcf.

Those three producers alone represent 84 percent of the state's Marcellus production through 2011.