Utica Shale natural gas production doubles in Ohio

NORTH CANTON — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports Ohio’s natural gas production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 in the Utica shale play.

In fact, history was made with a 97 percent increase in natural gas production and 100 billion cubic feet of gas produced.

In addition, there were 3.6 million barrels of oil produced.

ODNR released this data today on 352 horizontal shale wells that reported production in 2013 at Stark State College at the State of Play discussion.

“The Utica play is the real deal,” ODNR Director James Zehringer said at the discussion.

The discussion included facts from Richard Simmers, chief, ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Managemen; Craig Butler, director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; David Mustine, senior managing director, JobsOhio; and State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers.

Production data for the first quarter of 2014 shows a total of 418 wells with reported production of 1.9 million barrels of oil and 67 billion cubic feet of gas.

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