From various sources:

A Texas-based company says it is convinced that Washington County will become the center of Utica drilling in Ohio.

In an Aug. 19 report, Wunderlich Securities in Houston noted that Chesapeake Energy is still the No. 1 player with the most leases and the most wells in Ohio.

But Wunderlich said that Gulfport Energy may be in a better position with its very productive wells south of Chesapeake holdings: in Harrison, Belmont and Guernsey counties.

The move into Washington County (around Marietta) would likely benefit Magnum Hunter and PDC Energy, the report said.