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Leftover tidbits from OOGA winter meeting in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 9, 2013

Here are some leftover news items from last week’s annual winter meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in Columbus:

1. Devon Energy reported that its unsuccessful wells in Medina and Richland counties were “too immature to produce,” said Larry Wickstrom, chief geologist of Wickstrom Geosciences LLC and a former state geologist.

All the company had publicly said was that the wells, now plugged, were disappointing.

The wells “flowed hydrocarbons but did not have the economics we had hoped for,” the company told Wickstrom.

Devon has drilled few other wells on the western edge of the Utica shale.

It is likely that Devon Energy will be the first company to bail on the Utica shale in Ohio, Wickstrom said.

2. In 2012, 222 Utica shale wells and one Marcellus shale well were drilled in Ohio.

The Marcellus well is in Monroe County.

3. Oxford Oil has drllled four horizontal wells in Belmont County, but they are not in the Utica shale. They are in another formation.

4. The sales tax has produced 40 percent more income in 2012 in Carroll County, the Utica shale hot spot, says Tom Stewart, executive vice president of the oil-gas association.

The tax income also jumped 23 percent in 2012 in Monroe County, he said.

5. The deepest Utica well drilled in Ohio in 2012 was a Chesapeake Energy well in Jefferson County. It is 10,260 vertical feet.

No. 2 in a D&L Energy well in Mahoning County that is 10,088 feet deep.

The longest horizontal legs in Ohio’s Utica shale are about three miles in length.

6. In 2012, Ohio’s 178 active injection wells accepted 13,846,657 barrels of brine and liquid waste.

That tops the 2011 total of 12,597,110 barrels.

7. In 2004, the Ohio Legislature approved H.B. 278 that took control of drilling away from local communities.

The following year, the industry drilled 2,500 wells in urban areas.

8. The Muskingum Conservancy Watershed District will play a key role in providing water to drillers in eastern Ohio in the future, says Brent Winslow of Consol Energy/CNX Water Assets,

The industry hopes the district with six lakes in eastern Ohio will provide water under a long-term plan that will benefit both sides, he said.

 

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