Michigan basin Utica shale gas play may ignite

04/05/2010
A play for natural gas in Upper Ordovician Utica shale may be nearly ready to sprout wings in the northern Michigan basin.Reports indicate that Petoskey Exploration LLC, a private Denver operator, has flared gas from an exploratory well about 30 miles southeast of Traverse City.The Petoskey Pioneer 1-3, in 3-24n-7w, Missaukee County, was permitted to a true vertical depth of 9,000 ft and was to have a lateral of about 5,000 ft in Utica shale. The gas flare test is reported to have followed a hydraulic fracturing operation.Few other data are available on the well, flow rates, or gas analysis, but from a well log posted on the Department of Environmental Quality web site the vertical pilot ...
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