Southwestern Celebrates Marcellus Growth

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By Robert L. Baker, Times-Shamrock Writer

The top guns from Southwestern Energy’s Houston, Texas, office were in Wyoming County Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 30) to celebrate its 5-year investment in the Marcellus Shale.

SWN senior vice president Jack Bergeron, who oversees the company’s Marcellus operations in its Appalachia Division, said of the activity at Stonehedge Country Club, “It’s part pep rally with a big thank you” to the 160 or so employees who work in the Appalachia Division which encompasses the six counties of Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga, Lycoming and Wyoming.

Bergeron said the ‘5-and-10’ gig was actually the first half of two big parties – the first in Factoryville to celebrate five years in the Marcellus play, and the second to celebrate 10 years in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale play.

On Wednesday, more employees who work in the southwest will be treated to a similar party in Conway, Ark.
Both plays have elevated Southwestern this year to being the fourth largest producer of natural gas in the lower 48 states (behind Exxon, Chesapeake and Andarko).

It was the 24th largest in 2008.

Bergeron said that the Fayetteville play produces about 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and somewhere around the first of the new year the Marcellus shale production of Southwestern should surpass one BCF a day.

What might a billion cubic feet of gas do?

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