Between January and mid-July 2012, the state averaged about 1.55 billion cubic feet of production each day. Now, this year, the state production has averaged 2.34 billion cubic feet per day - an increase of 790 million cubic feet per day.
Production in bordering regions in southern Pennsylvania has also doubled during the same time frame, increasing from 0.86 to 1.73 billion cubic feet per day.
That comes in spite of the fact that the Pennsylvania regions are considered more "dry," meaning the shale gas has less liquid gas, including propane, than some so-called wet regions in West Virginia.
The EIA also noted that additional infrastructure is expected to come online over the next year and a half.
Texas Eastern Transmission plans to build a pipeline capable of handling 390 million cubic feet of gas per day by the end of 2014.
"Planned processing plant expansions through the end of this year could also add significantly to the state's processing capacity, which totaled 0.85 (billion cubic feet per day) in 2012," the EIA said.
That means that even without construction of a coveted "cracker" plant, West Virginia's natural gas production could continue to rise substantially over the coming 18 months.