The Shale Revolution Unleashed and the Appalachian Miracle

The latest data from the Energy Information Administration depicts an Appalachian miracle. The shale revolution has revitalized rural and urban areas alike.

The EIA’s “Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production” report for October, 2018 is out and one map, one chart and one table tell the wonderful story of the shale revolution. It is a glorious one, indeed.

Let’s start with the chart. It’s really a map:

The thing to notice about this map is this; pre-2015, the EIA only kept detailed track of natural gas production in five states. Those were Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming. Then came the Appalachian miracle and the companion Bakken miracle, both a result of the glorious shale revolution as fracking combined with horizontal drilling changed the game forever.

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