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State says Ohio Utica shale to produce "staggering" amounts of oil, gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 16, 2013

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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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.

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Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

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National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

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Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

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Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

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Penn State Marcellus Center.

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

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.