Natural Gas Production Booming in Eastern Kentucky


Problems plaguing the coal industry are weighing heavily on the minds of many Eastern Kentuckians, but officials in Pike and Floyd Counties say other natural fuels, like natural gas, are helping boost economies.

“We have 6,500 plus wells in the county. We have three transmission lines in the county that carry our natural gas north and south,” said Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association President Doug Hyden says the oil and gas industry employs nearly 31,000 people across the commonwealth and produced nearly $630 million in revenue last year.

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