Despite the pandemic slump, production from the Beast in the East shows no signs of slowing down.

Dry natural gas production from shale formations in the Appalachian Basin has shown growth since 2008 and monthly production set new record highs during the first half of the year, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Sept. 1.

The region recorded 32.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) production in December 2020, which averaged 31.9 Bcf/d during the first half of 2021—the highest average for a six-month period since production began in 2008. Gas production from Appalachia’s sibling shale plays Marcellus and Utica accounted for 34% of all U.S. dry natural gas production in the first half of 2021, making the Appalachian Basin the third-largest natural gas producer in the world, trailing only all of the U.S. and Russia.

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