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.

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Utica Shale News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Quebec formalizes St. Lawrence moratorium

Oct 11, 2010 Quebec has formalized a moratorium on oil or gas exploration in the St. Lawrence River estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Firms eye gas, oil in multiple zones in eastern Canada's Maritimes basin

Oct 4, 2010 Exploration is picking up in New Brunswick, which held its largest license offering earlier in 2010, and in Quebec in eastern Canada.

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Norse's New York seismic clarifies multiple pays

Jul 12, 2010 Norse Energy Corp., Oslo, reported encouraging initial results from a 3D seismic survey on its acreage in central New York state.

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