Pennsylvania producers pumped a record 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in October, up 25% from a year ago and a jump of 80% from January 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration. The production growth is due to an increase in permitting and drilling, with the state Department of Environmental Protection having issued 1,447 permits so far in 2017, up from 1,371 in all of last year, while the daily average number of operating rigs jumped from 20 in 2016 to 33.
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