Ohio says the Utica shale is living up to its promise. The state announced well production results Thursday afternoon in a live press conference.
Oil production out of 87 wells in 2012 was 635,896 barrels.
Natural gas production was nearly 13 billion cubic feet.
Production is being hindered by a lack of so-called midstream facilities to process and transport the oil and gas taken from the wells, the state said
Utica shale wells made up one-half of 1 percent of all oil wells in Ohio yet produced 12 percent of all oil in the state and 16 percent of its natural gas. Just three Utica shale wells produced for 300 or more days last year.
"We believe the Utica shale is the real deal," said Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
We believe it will produce staggering amounts of oil and gas, Zehringer said.
The state estimates there will be 362 Utica shale wells in production by the end of this year; 662 wells in production by the end of 2014; and a bit more than 1,000 wells in production by the end of 2015.
It can cost as much as $10 million to drill one well, the state said.
Utica shale production number can be found on a spreadsheet here.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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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.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.