Natural Gas Report Shows Productivity In Utica Shale

Shaded areas show the extent of Ohio's deep shale fields where geologists say natural gas and oil is trapped.(Photo: File photo)
Shaded areas show the extent of Ohio's deep shale fields where geologists say natural gas and oil is trapped.(Photo: File photo)

The first look at actively producing natural gas wells in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation using the method known as hydraulic fracturing show high levels of gas production.

Figures reported Monday by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. show five wells in eastern Ohio producing 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2011.

The figures, which Chesapeake provided to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, shows one well alone in Harrison County producing 2 percent of the state’s entire natural gas production.

Rick Simmers, Ohio’s oil and gas resources division chief, says preliminary production for all the wells is very high.

Companies including Chesapeake have drilled 38 other wells that have yet to report production.

Ohio has issued about 150 permits for Utica Shale wells in Ohio.

Comments
  • Mike, Columbus Near East Side

    On the radio, on the hourly local news, for two hours in a row, Steve Brown has apparently misread the story by stating the measurement of the gas from five wells in square feet instead of cubic feet. I had though that it was an accident and someone would notice it and correct it for the next hour but I just heard him do it again. Natural gas is not flat. It has volume and is measured in volume units. The editors there should be listening to the broadcasts and correcting mistakes that happen so they don’t get repeated. Otherwise, it is just fostering and propagating public misunderstanding (in this case, of measurement concepts).

    • Steve Brown

      Hey Mike, thanks for listening so closely. It’s true: the wire copy said “square feet” and I mistakingly left it in there two newscasts in a row. We’ll try to do better next time.

      -Steve