The August 23 Natural Gas Weekly Update examined the slowing pace of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, noting that the number of new natural gas wells started per day in 2012 has declined sharply in recent months. The state’s natural gas production, however, continues to increase despite the reduction in new well starts. According to BENTEK Energy LLC (Bentek), Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has increased every month in 2012, rising from an average of about 4.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day in January to approximately 5.9 Bcf per day in August. As with production increases in recent years, the rising 2012 volumes are associated predominantly with horizontal drilling programs in sections of the Marcellus and other shale formations.