Utica Shale

Earthquakes Cause ODNR to Halt Drilling

On Monday, March 10th two small earthquakes in eastern Ohio (M2.6 and M3.0) prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to halt operations at seven nearby gas wells. Industry responded that hundreds of wells have been drilled in the Utica Shale [1] using hydraulic fracturing [2] and horizontal drilling [3] without incident.

Related: Utica Shale well density [4]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[2] http://geology.com/articles/hydraulic-fracturing/
[3] http://geology.com/articles/horizontal-drilling/
[4] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Columbus Dispatch.

Tapping the Utica ahd the Marcellus from a Single Drill Pad?

A company in Ohio plans to drill wells into both the Marcellus Shale [1] and the Utica Shale [2] from a single drill pad in Ohio. The expect dry gas production from the deeper Utica and liquids production from the Marcellus.

Related: Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale [3].

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
[2] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[3] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at BizJournals.

The Shale Boom is Just Starting

Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the “shale boom” in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead.

More at Denver BizJournal.

Taxing Oil and Gas in Ohio

The Ohio Legislature is considering new severance taxes on oil and gas produced from horizontal wells in Ohio.

Related: Horizontal wells in the Utica Shale of Ohio [1].

[1] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Columbus BizJournals.

1200 Utica Wells in 2014?

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is predicting that there will be nearly 1200 new wells drilled in the Utica Shale [1] during 2014.

Related: Horizontal Wells in the Utica Shale [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[2] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Ohio.com.

1200 Utica Wells in 2014?

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is predicting that there will be nearly 1200 new wells drilled in the Utica Shale [1] during 2014.

Related: Horizontal Wells in the Utica Shale [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[2] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Ohio.com.

Impatient Landowners Sue New York

Some owners of property above the Marcellus [1] and Utica Shales [2] in in New York are tired of waiting for their state to allow the development of their natural gas resource.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
[2] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

More at MoneyNews.com.

Wow! Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio

We plotted a Google map showing the horizontal legs for Utica Shale wells drilled in eastern Ohio before late November 2013 and were really surprised by the geographic pattern and density of drilling in some areas.

Wow! Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio

We plotted a Google map showing the horizontal legs for Utica Shale [1] wells drilled in eastern Ohio before late November 2013 and were really surprised by the geographic pattern and density of drilling in some areas.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

More at Geology.com.

Utica Shale Well Permitting is Strong in Ohio

The number of permits issued for drilling the Utica Shale in Ohio has been significantly higher in 2013 than in 2012.
Data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

More at Geology.com.

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells

Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?

More at Geology.com.

Two Ethane Crackers in the Marcellus Utica?

Nearly two years ago Shell was interested in building an ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania to process the liquids-rich gas being produced from the Marcellus [1] and Utica Shales [2] in the Ohio River Valley. Now Odebrecht and Braskem Americas is talking about building a cracker in the northern West Virginia panhandle and some believe that puts the Shell project in jeopardy.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
[2] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

More at BizJournals.

Ohio Gas for Ohio Homes and Businesses

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council is working to bring natural gas from the Utica Shale into Ohio homes and businesses at a cost savings of about $100 per customer next year.

Related: What is the Utica Shale? [1]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

More at Cleveland.com.

Natural Gas and the Endangered Species List?

Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania are supporting proposed legislation that would revise how the state’s endangered species list is managed.

More at National Public Radio.

Zero Demand for Natural Gas Leases in New York

An article on the Bloomberg website tracks Chesapeake Energy’s natural gas activities in New York, from acquiring their first leases in 2000 for a few dollars per acre to walking away from the state and leaving their investments behind.

More at Bloomberg.com.

Putting a Throttle on Natural Gas Production?

Reports of rapidly rising natural gas production from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale formations, even while thousands of completed wells are waiting on pipeline, has some experts predicting a slowdown in drilling activity in anticipation of depre…

More at WESA FM.

Drilling Impact Fees vs Severance Taxes

An article on Law.com explores the differences between impact fees and severance taxes on natural gas producers working in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.

More at Law.com.

The Appalachian Triple Gas Play

A few companies are now finding success in the Upper Devonian Shale, an organic-rich rock unit above the Marcellus Shale and Utica Formation.

More at Marcellus Drilling News.

Utica Shale Gas for Export as LNG

Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans to build a pipeline from the Utica Shale play in Ohio to an LNG export facility in Louisiana.

More at BizJournals.com.

Utica Shale to Canada Pipeline?

A natural gas pipeline between the Utica Shale in Ohio and natural gas consumers in Ontario, Canada has been proposed by a group of transmission companies.

More at Ohio.com.

Foreign Investments in US Shale

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.

More at Energy Information Administration.

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New TOC Map of the Utica Shale

With new data available the Ohio Geological Survey has published a new maximum total organic carbon map for the Upper Ordovician Shale interval of Ohio (Utica, Point Pleasant, Lexington and Logana).

More at Ohio Geological Survey.

Ohio: Sources of Water for Hydraulic Fracturing

This Ohio Department of Natural Resources document summarizes the potential sources of water for hydraulic fracturing in the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale of eastern Ohio. Also included are basic regulations and the contact/regulatory authority for…

More at Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Raising Severance Taxes in Ohio

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, would like to raise severance taxes on extraction of oil and natural gas from the Utica Shale. This article interviews an oil and gas lobbyist about raising severance taxes to fund a state income tax reduction.

More at BizJournal.

38,830 Utica Shale Jobs

Activity to explore and develop the Utica Shale created an estimated 38,830 jobs in eastern Ohio during 2012. Most of those jobs have gone to workers from other states who have skills that are not available from the Ohio workforce.

More at Bucyrus Telegraph Forum.

$1.5 Billion for Utica Shale Pipelines and Processing

Dominion Resources and Caiman Energy have a $1.5 billion partnership to develop new natural gas pipelines and processing plants that will serve Utica Shale producers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The resource can not be developed without this type of inve…

More at Bloomberg.

Twice as Many Rigs in the Utica Play

The number of rigs working in the Utica Shale play of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania has nearly doubled since last year. Most of the new wells are targeting oil.

More at Energy Information Administration.

Most Popular: 11/18 to 11/24

Inaccurate News Reports about Newberry Caldera and Salton Buttes [1]

Life Beneath the Seafloor [2]

Not Caused by Fracking [3]

Rare Earth Elements in Arizona? [4]

Stolen Petroglyphs [5]

Dispute: Natural Gas Under Natural Gas Storage Fields [6]

Volcano Movies [7]

[1] http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/fearmongering-speculation-newberry-salton-buttes/
[2] http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126049&WT_mc_id=USNSF_51&WT_mc_ev=click
[3] http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/ceus/usb0006klz/aftershocks.php
[4] http://arizonageology.blogspot.com/2012/11/rethinking-rare-earth-element-potential.html
[5] http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-petroglyphs-theft-20121119,0,6886011.story
[6] http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/11/gas_storage_fields_complicatin.html
[7] http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/your-guide-to-volcanoes-in-movies/

More at Geology.com.

Dispute: Natural Gas Under Natural Gas Storage Fields

You own property over a natural gas storage field that has been operated for decades. There is a shale unit below the storage field that could produce natural gas. Who controls that gas?
There are lots of natural gas storage fields in Pennsylvania …

More at Cleveland.com.

Shale Activity Boosts Rail Traffic

Activity in the Marcellus Shale play has been an enormous boost to rail traffic. The railroad is hauling frac sand, water, chemicals, pipe, crane mats, natural gas liquids and more.

More at Triblive.com.

Production Rates from Ohio’s Utica Shale??

A Reuters.com article explains why oil and natural gas production information for the Utica Shale in Ohio is so hard to get.

More at Reuters.com.

Dissolved Methane in New York Groundwater

USGS has published a report titled: Dissolved Methane in New York Groundwater. The study includes data collection to document the natural occurrence of methane in New York Aquifers.

More at USGS.

Natural Gas Drilling in Wayne National Forest

The United States Forest Service approved drilling for natural gas in Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. Drillers there will be allowed to use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale.

More at NewsOK.com.

Horizontal Wells in Pennsylvania

Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania begin at least four new wells every day and most of those wells will have a horizontal leg.

More at Energy Information Administration.

80,000 Wells in Ohio Have Been Fracked Since 1950

Ohio DNR has a fact sheet about wastewater flowback during hydraulic fracturing. A quote from the fact sheet: “Hydraulic fracturing (sometimes called fracking) has been used since the 1950s in Ohio as part of the oil and gas drilling process. About 80,000 wells have been drilled in Ohio using hydraulic fracturing.”

More at Ohio DNR.

Marcellus Gas Shuts down the Rockies Express Pipeline

The Rockies Express pipeline used to deliver lots of natural gas from the western US to eastern US markets. Now natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shales is eliminating the need for gas transported in from great distances.

More at Platts.com.

Utica Shale Logistics in Ohio

A logistics conference in Ohio focused on the transportation challenges that will be faced in developing the Utica Shale.

More at Ohio.com.

Drilling Results in the Utica Shale

An article on Ohio.com reports on several wells drilled into the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio by Gulfport Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Antero Resources and Devon Energy. Some of the results are encouraging.

More at Ohio.com.

AASG on Hydraulic Fracturing

“After decades of hydraulic fracturing-related activity there is little evidence if any that hydraulic fracturing itself has contaminated fresh groundwater. No occurrences are known where hydraulic fracturing fluids have moved upward from the zone of fracturing of a horizontal well into the fresh drinking water.” Quoted from the Association of American State Geologists statement.

More at Association of American State Geologists.