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

Utica processing, fractionation near completion; more planned

Feb 18, 2013

Major cryogenic processing and NGL fractionation will come on stream in eastern Ohio late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter to handle Utica shale natural gas and liquids, with another plant planned for 2014.

MarkWest Utica EMG to transport, process Rex Energy production

Feb 18, 2013

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture of MarkWest Energy Partners LP and Energy & Minerals Group, will provide Rex Energy Corp. with natural gas gathering, processing, fractionation, and marketing services in the Utica shale.

Caerus to buy PDC Energy’s noncore Colorado natural gas assets

Feb 6, 2013

Caerus Oil & Gas LLC plans to buy what PDC Energy Inc. considers its noncore Colorado natural gas assets for $200 million.

Magnum Hunter plans at least four Utica test wells in Ohio

Jan 28, 2013

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. said it intends to drill a minimum of four Utica test wells in Ohio this year. If results are similar to those experienced by offset operators in the area, then further development on the leasehold position is planned later in the year.

Gulfport sees high liquids yields at Ohio Utica shale wells

Jan 23, 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, reported production test results on two operated Utica shale wells in eastern Ohio.

Magnum Hunter plans at least four Utica test wells in Ohio

Jan 22, 2013

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. said it intends to drill a minimum of four Utica test wells in Ohio this year. If results are similar to those experienced by offset operators in the area, then further development on the leasehold position is planned later in the year.

Hess budgets $2.7 billion for unconventional E&P in 2013

Jan 11, 2013

Hess Corp. announced a 2013 exploration and production budget of $6.7 billion, of which 40% will be dedicated to unconventional oil and gas plays.

Ohio Marcellus-Utica drilling joint venture formed

Jan 2, 2013

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Houston, said its Triad Hunter LLC subsidiary formed a joint venture with Eclipse Resources I LP, private State College, Pa., operator, to drill 12 Marcellus shale and 12 Utica shale horizontal wells in 3 years in Monroe County, Ohio.

The year's top news

Dec 17, 2012

Keeping on top of the news that's generated every day by the oil and gas industry is no easy feat, but OGJ editors are up to the task. This year's batch of news stories was no exception.

Chesapeake to sell midstream assets in various US shale plays

Dec 12, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to sell midstream assets in the Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, and Niobrara to Access Midstream Partners for $2.16 billion in a transaction expected to close by Dec. 31.

MarkWest, Gulfport gear up Utica shale operations

Dec 3, 2012

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC has started up the 60 MMcfd Cadiz refrigeration plant in Harrison County, Ohio, supported by production from two Utica shale wells operated by Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.

Pennsylvania: Seneca gauges Forest County Utica well

Nov 28, 2012

National Fuel Gas Co.’s Seneca Resources Corp. unit has flow-tested its first horizontal Utica shale well, in Forest County, southeast of Titusville, Pa.

MarkWest, Gulfport gear up Utica shale operations

Nov 27, 2012

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC has started up the 60 MMcfd Cadiz refrigeration plant in Harrison County, Ohio, supported by production from two Utica shale wells operated by Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.

Quebec Anticosti Island drillable structures identified

Nov 19, 2012

Junex Inc., Quebec City, Que., said processed 2D seismic data clearly indicate drillable structural and stratigraphic elements associated with the Macasty shale and deeper conventional reservoir targets on the company's acreage on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offshore Quebec.

FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS — Some E&P companies changing plans for Utica shale prospects

Oct 1, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. and most other companies having stakes in Ohio's Utica shale say they remain optimistic about the emerging play's potential, but one company, EnerVest Ltd., has said it wants to sell some of its Utica holdings.

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