2010-11-25 / Local & State

Gas Driller Ends Work In Two NE Pa. Counties

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A natural gas driller has ended operations in two northeastern Pennsylvania counties after the company deemed them unlikely to produce commercially viable wells.

Encana Oil and Gas had drilled two exploratory wells in Luzerne County but announced Thursday it was stopping operations there and in neighboring Columbia County.

Encana and partner company Whitmar Exploration were the only companies trying to tap the lucrative Marcellus Shale formation in Luzerne County, where they’d leased more than 25,000 acres.

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