Marcellus Shale Drilling in West Virginia
With our acquisition of Columbia Natural Resources in 2005, Chesapeake has been active in West Virginia through our predecessors since the early 1900s. As a result, we are one of the largest natural gas producers and the most active driller in the Marcellus Shale. Our more than 4,500 West Virginia wells produced more than 81 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent in 2011. In 2011, we paid more than $21.9 million in royalties to West Virginians and $45.9 million in taxes. We are committed to helping West Virginia realize the great potential of its rich natural gas resources while maintain the historic beauty of the Mountain State.
The Marcellus Shale is found in Northern West Virginia, where Chesapeake has been drilling horizontal and vertical wells since 2007.