Most coalbed gas wells in eastern Kansas have been drilled since 2000, with the number of wells per year continuing at a rapid pace. The lesser surge of drilling in the early 1990s was largely due to now-expired federal tax credits. The present drilling boom is driven by the strong price of natural gas, and the recent excess capacity of pipelines crossing the state.
Southeastern Kansas coalbed gas wells hit their peak gas production from 12 to 36 months after their initial production. A long and gradual decline follows.
Coalbed gas production in southeastern Kansas has markedly increased, and is now approaching 10 bcf/year. The production rise is expected to continue for the next few years.
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