A few interesting facts and tidbits from the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Oilfield Expo and Safety Congress held Dec. 4-5 at Cleveland’s I-X Center:
1.. From the presentation by Peter MacKenzie, vice president of operations for the association:
From Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, Ohio has approved 451 Utica shale wells with 235 wells being completed.
The busiest locations: Carroll County, 128 wells; Harrison County, 36 wells; Guernsey County, 27 wells; Columbiana, 17 wells; and Monroe, five wells.
In addition, 16 wells have been permitted in the Marcellus-Burkett shale in eastern Ohio, four of which have been drilled. Tapping into the Utica from those well pads is also possible,
Those wells are in Monroe and Belmont counties.
For vertical-only wells, the two most-active areas are Knox County with nine and Licking County with eight.
A total of 188 vertical wells have been permitted in the first nine months of 2013 with 78 drilled.
That’s down sharply from the 403 vertical wells that were completed in 2012,
2. Ohio has approved only two new injection wells since the moratorium was lifted earlier this year.
That means that Ohio now has 188 operating injection wells.
An additional 43 wells have been permitted but have not yet been constructed.
3. The 180 Utica shale horizontal wells in production are averaging 4.3 million cubic feet of natural gas per day plus 302 barrels of oil per day.
From Brent Breon of Blue Racer Midstream:
Ohio and Pennsylvania are together producing about 11.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, and that total is expected to climb to 20 billion cubic feet per day by 2020.
His company is expanding its Natrium Plant in Marshall County, W. Va., (it gets significant Ohio volumes because of pipelines) and building a new processing plant at Berne in Monroe County.
It is also looking an adding new natural gas processing plants at Lewis in Harrison County and at Petersburg in Mahoning County.
4. From James Halloran, an energy analyst and a member of the association’s governing board:
Ohio is anticipating issuing a total of 2,573 Utica shale permits by the end of 2015. Ohio says 1,830 wells will have been drilled by then, but that only 750 will be in production due to lack of pipelines and processing.
He suggested that shale will produce 25 to 40 years of natural gas, not 100 years.
5. The event drew 212 vendors, up sharply from the 124 that attended last year. Attendance for the two main days was down slightly.
Said spokesman Mike Chadsey: “OOGA's third annual expo and safety congress at the IX
Center was an very successful, with over 1,000 attendees and over 200
vendors it continues to show there is strong support for Ohio's ever
changing and growing oil and gas industry. With more exploration and
production ahead of us there are great things to come.”
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.