New York okays Marcellus, Utica fracturing

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 21
– The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has authorized Gastem USA, Montreal, to hydraulically fracture the Marcellus shale formation in the Ross-1 well and stimulate the upper section of the Utica shale in the Sheckells-1 well.

Gastem has an 80% working interest in more than 33,000 acres of leases, primarily in Otsego County, and is operator of the project. The frac treatments will evaluate the production potential of these zones in the two wells, which previously had only stimulated the Lower Utica shale section.

Weatherford Laboratories consulting engineers estimated 145 bcf/sq mile of gas in place for the Utica and Marcellus formations based on core data from the Ross-1 well at 50% probability. The report does not cover the Oneida sands, a conventional formation that lies between the Marcellus and Utica.

Gastem said it expects to test and evaluate the Oneida formation shortly.

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