Pittsburgh-based EQT says it intends to begin fracking its first Utica Shale well in southwestern Pennsylvania in June.



That well is in Greene County. It has a 3,300-foot lateral.



The company has plans to drill its second Utica well later this year in West Virginia's Wetzel County.



It could drill as many as four Utica wells this year, but 2015 will largely be a testing year, company officials said in a recent earnings call with analysts and the media.



The company is also seriously planning to use ceramic proppants in place of sand.



That will cost an additional $2.5 million per well or about $1,000 more per fracking stage, officials said.