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Natural Gas Driller Says Marcellus Shale More Valuable than Other Sites

A natural gas driller says the abundance of so-called wet gas like ethane, propane and butane makes the Marcellus shale field under Ohio and Marshall counties more valuable than many other areas.

Gastar Exploration vice president Michael McCown says wet gases are valuable and worth more than dry gas, which is primarily methane.

Natural gas companies are rushing to tap the vast Marcellus reserves underlying much of West Virginia. McCown was part of a public relations tour that stopped in Wheeling Wednesday.

Gastar has plans to drill 30 wells on some 3,300 acres in Marshall County, starting this fall.

The Intelligencer reports that director Charlie Burd of the West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association and Susan Lavenski of Charles Ryan Associates also touted the benefits of drilling.

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