Improved drilling techniques drive production gains in U.S. shale plays

The U.S. shale boom is getting even bigger with advances in drilling techniques that are making oil and natural gas wells more productive, reports the Youngstown Vindicator. The newspaper says more efficient drilling techniques have helped Texas more than double its oil production in the past three years. Citing data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Vindicator also says five of the country’s six major shale areas have seen increased production per rig in the last few years, with the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania leading the way for natural gas. For more, read the full story.