State shale gas industry showing signs of life

A shale gas drilling rig rises above a private home in Washington, Pa. Natural gas producers drilled more than twice as many shale wells in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year. (AP)

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania's moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.

Natural gas producers drilled 397 shale wells through the first six months of 2017, more than twice the number they sank in the same period last year. About 20 additional drilling rigs are exploring for natural gas. Fracking crews are suddenly in short supply.

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