Formerly leading in executive positions at Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Upstream Americas, David Lawrence serves as chairman of the Lawrence Energy Group. He was also recently appointed as a special liaison on Stone Energy Corporation’s independent directors, advising on matters of restructuring and strategy. In an effort to help educate the community on energy and climate issues, including the natural gas and oil sector, he contributes to an forum called The Energy Collective.
According to an article published through The Energy Collective, the United States energy sector performed optimally in 2015. The nation recorded a record high, 79 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), in natural gas production. The rate indicated a five percent increase from the year prior and reflected gross withdrawals as well as marketed and dry natural gas production.
States making the greatest impact were Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Together, the states made up 35 percent of production during the year. Pennsylvania and Ohio led the group with 1.5 Bcf/d and 1.4 Bcf/d, respectively. Ohio in particular grew 41 percent from 2014, which resulted from excavation in the Utica Shale play, an area expected to thrive in the coming years.