Drilling in the Tuscarawas River Valley in Tuscarawas County will likely peak in 2014-2015,

That is the assessment offered by industry officials at a recent meeting of the Tuscarawas Oil and Gas Alliance Summit in New Philadelphia, reports the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance.

The industry is in the leasing and exploration phase in Tuscarawas County, said Rhonda Reda of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.

To date, six horizontal wells to the Utica shale have been approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Tuscarawas County.