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Ohio Shale Deposits Rich In ‘Wet Gas’
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The price of natural gas is near a ten year low and that’s prompted one major producer to pare production from regional wells. But current market forces favor more development of natural gas fields in Eastern Ohio.
With continued moderate winter weather and more wells coming on line , natural gas supplies are near a record. So, prices have dropped sharply, nearly 75 percent since June of 2008. In response, Chesapeake Energy recently announced it would cut drilling activity in half. But, not in Ohio. Guernsey County extension agent Cliff Little reports more drilling activity in recent months.
“Actually we’re seeing more well permits put in for Eastern Ohio and it looks like activity is going to be increasing for this portion of the state.”
Eastern Ohio, unlike other areas in the region is rich in so-called “wet gas.” Little says.
Ohio State University geologist Jeff Daniels says deeper shale fields hold more complex hydrocarbons.
“And the wet gas has components that are better used for polymers and for other chemical components.” Says Daniels.
As a result, energy companies that drill in “wet gas” regions have products other than the natural gas that they can sell. So, if the price of natural gas remains low, companies can sell the propane, helium, butane or even some crude oil produced by “wet gas” wells