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Utica shale tidbits from Ohio's State of the Play

By Bob Downing Published: July 7, 2014

Utica shale tidbits from last week's State of the Play presentation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:

1. Utica shale well count by year:

2010: 2.

2011: 96.

2012: 378.

2013: 582.

2014: 385.

2. Marcellus shale is not a big factor in Ohio. But 27 wells have been drilled to the Marcellus and a total of 44 Marcellus permits have been issued in Ohio, as of June 28.

3. The Ohio EPA has issued 245 general oermits for air quality to drilling sites in production, said agency Director Craig Butler.

4. ODNR has increased drilling inspections from 10,257 in 2010 to 23,314 in 2013, said chief Rick Simmers of the Division of Oil and Gas Resourcxes Management.

5. His division has 20 rule-making initiatives in the works, Simmers said.

6. ODNR expects to isseu 700 Utica shale permits this year (it has already approved 350) and another 800 in 2015.

7. The time to drill a Utica shale well has dropped from 35 days in 2010 to 17 days in 2014.

8. Utica wells produced 16 percent of Ohio's natural gas in 2012. They produced 58 percent in 2013.

9. ODNR is working to make its drilling database more accessible to the public, Simmers said.

10. The Ohio EPA expects to relase draft rules on landfills taking drilling wastes later this year, said EPA Director Craig Butler.

11. David Mustine of JobsOhio predicted that there will be more activity as drillers pursue condensate in the Utica shale.








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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.