According to an article in The State Journal, natural gas production rose 50 percent in West Virginia in 2011. The state's production rose to 385,500 thousand cubic feet, or mcf, up from 256,600 mcf in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Natural Gas Annual. The reprot was released January 7. In West Virginia, shale gas represented 58 percent of the state's production.
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