Ohio Reports Oil And Gas Production From Fracked Wells

Ohio Department of Natural Resources says newly fracked wells in the state's Utica shale region produced 12 percent of the state's total oil production last year.(Photo: Flickr)
Ohio Department of Natural Resources says newly fracked wells in the state's Utica shale region produced 12 percent of the state's total oil production last year.(Photo: Flickr)

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Thursday released new production figures for oil and gas wells in the state’s Utica Shale.

For 2012, ODNR tallied oil and natural gas production for 87 wells which used hydraulic fracturing techniques. Most of the wells are situated in eastern Ohio counties. 65 wells produced oil and gas. Three wells were dry and then abandoned. 19 others were tested and then capped.

ODNR says reported volumes of oil production, about 636-thousand barrels, was lower than initially estimated by the industry. ODNR says natural gas production from fracked wells is “likely choked back” because of limited pipeline capacity and low prices. ODNR says gas production neared 13-million units last year.

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