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In 2008, the number of new gas wells drilled rose a solid 44%, representing 28,638 new producers. The drilling activity produced a significant new well increase over 2007’s 19,845 new wells. However, the total number of US gas wells was essentially flat at just over 435,000 wells.
The largest new well gains came in four states: Wyoming (9,982), Colorado (7,360), Texas (4,072), Arkansas (3,141) and West Virginia (1,744). These states represent about 92% of the new producing gas wells. Producing gas well totals were maintained by steady development drilling in the expanding number of continuous resource plays. These plays are primarily in shale and coalbed methane with some tight gas sand drilling.
Texas maintained its No. 1 spot with more than 90,000 wells. However, half of the RRC districts showed declines. Districts with increasing totals were led by District 9, which gained over 4,900 new wells. These were drilled mainly for Barnett Shale gas. District 6 led the state in total gas wells
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