Rice Energy is a family-owned and operated, independent oil and gas exploration and production company. In 2007, Rice Energy began its exploration of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s natural resources. Today, Rice is one of the stateâ€™s leading exploration and production companies. They are the second largest producer of natural gas in Washington County, Pennsylvania and through a joint venture with one of countryâ€™s leading coal producers is one of the top natural gas producers in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Riceâ€™s technical team has a track record of finding these unconventional reservoirs and exploiting their full potential by applying leading-edge hydraulic fracturing techniques.