Michael P. McCormac Mark E. Wolfe Ohio Division of Oil & Gas Columbus
The Ohio oil and gas industry continued its progression from a low-risk, mature play (Silurian Clinton sandstone) to a higher risk, high reward immature play (Cambrian Rose Run sandstone).
The number of exploratory discoveries since 1990 has helped energize operators and change their drilling focus. The use of seismic-including three dimensional techniques-directional drilling, and advanced down-hole logging has become much more common. The recent deeper formation reserve additions have helped stabilize production declines associated with the more mature plays.
Permitting and drilling
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