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Marcellus shale producing 26 percent of U.S. natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Marcellus shale region now accounts for 26 percent of the country's shale gas production, according to the latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Marcellus formation of Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic states produced 6.8 billion cubic feet of gas per day in October, an increase of 72 percent from the same time one year ago.

That increase in production comes despite a decrease in the number of active rigs, some of which have moved westward to drill in Ohio's more lucrative Utica Shale region.

The Marcellus had 88 active rigs in October after declining by 53 rigs over the past year, according to Baker Hughes data cited by the government agency.

Over the past year, the number of rigs drilling in the Utica Shale has doubled to 28, with a vast majority of those rigs drilling for oil.

Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma City remains the dominant player in Ohio, according to Bentek Energy data cited by the EIA.

On a recent conference call with investors, Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon called the company's 300,000 to 400,000 leased acres in Carroll, Harrison and Columbiana counties in Ohio the "core of the core" in Utica development. Those three counties are just over the Pennsylvania border, about 70 miles west of Pittsburgh.

For all of the industry excitement, the Utica development remains in its infancy. The formation's 28 active rigs represent about 2 percent of all rigs in the country, according to Baker Hughes.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.