Utica Shale

Utica Shale Description ImageThe Utica shale formation is one of the newest natural gas discoveries in North America. It is located in New York state and the Canadian province of Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River Valley. Some geologists have suggested the gas-bearing formation extends as far south as Pennsylvania. The other major shale formation in this area is the better-known Marcellus shale.

Estimates of natural gas deposits in the formation range from a low of about 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to a high of 60 to 70 tcf. At this time, most companies active in the Utica shale are drilling exploratory wells on the Canadian side of the border because the state of New York has been reluctant to grant drilling permits to date. Some production rates have tested up to 1 million cubic feet per day.

Utica Shale Map

Utica Shale News

Chesapeake ramping up Utica activity in Ohio

Jul 29, 2011

Chesapeake Energy Corp. believes the Utica shale in eastern Ohio offers a major new liquids-rich play based on 3,200 ft of proprietary core samples it obtained from nine wells and production results from three wells.

Dominion to build W. Va. processing, fractionation for shale plays

Aug 5, 2011

Dominion, Richmond, Va., will build new 200-MMcfd gas processing and 36,000-b/d fractionation capacities along the Ohio River in Natrium, W.Va., it announced Aug. 4 as part of the next major project in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

EnerVest Ohio Utica shale operations emerging

Aug 11, 2011

EV Energy Partners LP and affiliates, the largest conventional oil and gas producer in Ohio, has accumulated 780,000 net acres of mostly held-by-production in the state and is poised to operate and participate in the emerging Utica shale unconventional play in eastern Ohio.

Ohio: Utica shale spec 3D seismic shoot set in 2012

Sep 1, 2011

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. has let a contract for the acquisition of 307 sq miles of multiclient 3D seismic in the Utica shale play in the Appalachian basin in northeastern Ohio.

Quebec Macasty shale characteristics encouraging

Sep 7, 2011

Junex, Quebec City, Que., has completed an airborne gravity survey over Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to identify major structural elements in connection with its exploratory play for oil in the Ordovician Macasty shale, stratigraphic equivalent of the Utica shale in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Hess, CONSOL ink Ohio Utica shale venture

Sep 7, 2011

CONSOL Energy Inc., Pittsburgh, will take Hess Corp., New York, as a partner in its eastern Ohio Utica shale land position for $593 million.

Ohio: Anadarko spuds first Utica shale well

Nov 1, 2011

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said it has spudded its first well in the Ordovician Utica shale play in eastern Ohio, where it looks forward to an active drilling program.

Utica shale well tests 9.2 MMcfd in Pennsylvania

Nov 2, 2011

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., said its initial horizontal Utica shale well stabilized at 9.2 MMcfd of dry natural gas and should begin flowing to sales in January 2012.

Chesapeake to ink Ohio Utica shale international JV

Nov 4, 2011

An undisclosed international major energy company will form a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy Corp. and acquire a 25% interest in 650,000 net acres in the wet natural gas area of the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio.

Chesapeake signs as anchor shipper on EPP Marcellus-Utica ethane line

Nov 4, 2011

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has signed a long-term contract as anchor shipper on Enterprise Products Partners LP’s proposed long-haul ethane pipeline from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to the US Gulf Coast.

Feds delay Ohio forest lease sale to study fracing

Nov 18, 2011

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service has postponed a sale of mineral leases scheduled for the sprawling Wayne National Forest in eastern Ohio for at least 6 months to study surface affects related to hydraulic fracturing.

More processing, fractionation planned for Marcellus, Utica shales

Feb 1, 2012

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, will add more than 600 MMcfd of processing capacity for the Marcellus and Utica shales, as well as 140,000 b/d of fractionation, the company reported.

Ohio: Magnum Hunter gets more Utica acreage

Feb 20, 2012

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Houston, said its Triad Hunter LLC unit has acquired 15,558 gross (12,186 net) leasehold mineral interests prospective for the Utica shale predominately in Noble County, Ohio, for $24.8 million from an undisclosed seller.

Quebec: Corridor sees Macasty-Utica similarities

Feb 21, 2012

The Macasty shale on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offshore Quebec has properties similar to those of the Utica shale, the Macasty geological equivalent in eastern Ohio, said Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS.

Ohio: Rex Energy sees Utica shale drilling in April

Feb 24, 2012

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., plans to spud the first two of its four planned 2012 wells in the Utica shale wet gas area in Ohio in April.

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