Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
Jul. 31, 2020
Document Documentand Entity Information [Abstract]    
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Entity Tax Identification Number 23-1184320  
Entity File Number 1-13283  
Entity Address, Address Line One 16285 PARK TEN PLACE, SUITE 500  
Entity Address, City or Town HOUSTON  
Entity Address, State or Province TX  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 77084  
City Area Code 713  
Local Phone Number 722-6500  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code VA  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2020  
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol PVAC  
Entity Registrant Name PENN VIRGINIA CORP  
Entity Central Index Key 0000077159  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   15,175,667