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25 Years of Gas Production

25 Years of New York State Gas Production and Development, 1970- 1994

Eric B. Shyer
Published in Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences,
v. 18, no. 3, 1996, p.201-218


The twenty-five year period from 1970 to 1994 illustrates the rise and subsequent decline and aging of the natural gas industry in New York State. With reported natural gas production for 1970 at almost three billion cubic feet, New York State's gas industry was poised to expand in both drilling and production that culminated sixteen years later, in 1986, when natural gas production reached its pinnacle at more than 34.7 billion cubic feet and then started a slow decline.


This paper is an expansion of a poster session given at the 1995 Combined Meeting of Northeastern ES-AAPG & NYSGA meeting held in Schenectady, New York. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Mineral Resources is responsible for regulating the Oil and Gas industry in New York State. One of its responsibilities is collecting annual production data from the operators and producers. The information presented in this paper is a summary and graphical representation of the production from 1970 to 1994, as extracted from the Division's database, paper records and publications. Gas production information has been broken-out by reported producing formation and year and by the number of reported active gas wells for that formation in order to illustrate the contribution of each formation to overall New York State gas production.

Copies of the above paper are no longer available from the Division of Mineral Resources.

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