Area north of Pittsburgh shows promise for natural gas production

The core of the Marcellus shale play in southwestern Pennsylvania, long thought to lie in a belt running through counties south of Pittsburgh, actually extends beneath the city and into counties north of it, Platts reports. PennEnergy Resources executive Gregory Muse told the news site that data reported to state agencies by oil and natural gas operators supports his thesis that wells drilled north of Pittsburgh have shown results as good as those in Greene and Washington counties to the south of it. "In the area just north of Pittsburgh, back in the rural areas where we're operating, you can have very solid well results," Muse said.