Appalachia posts gains as U.S. natural gas production hits record level

U.S. natural gas production reached record levels in 2017, an increase that substantially boosted natural gas exports, reports the Houston Chronicle. Citing data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the newspaper says Louisiana had the largest annual production gain of any state last year. The Appalachian region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also saw substantial volume growth. For more, read the full story.

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