Utica shale development remains in the early stages but is very similar to how the Eagle Ford shale in Texas grew, the federal government reports.
"Production data indicate that natural gas production growth from the Utica is on par with the growth in natural gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, when comparing the first 20 months of activity in both those plays," the Energy Information Administration reports.
EIA: "Despite the relatively modest levels of production from Utica, estimates of Utica's production per rig show significantly steeper growth than what occurred in other locations at the beginning of their development.
"There are several reasons for this. Although Utica producers are currently very much in an experimental and exploration phase now, producers are entering the Utica with experience gained in producing from other major shale gas plays.
"Additionally, the southern dry gas window of the Utica has proven extremely productive for natural gas, with some wells achieving 30+ million cubic feet per day initial production rates."
Read the full report, with map, here.
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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.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.