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

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.

Seneca updates on Marcellus, Utica, California, Kansas

Sep 27, 2012

Seneca Resources Corp. has provided an update of its Marcellus and Utica shale play activity and a farmout from Chevron USA Inc. in California.

Total content for now with US shale holdings

Sep 26, 2012

Total SA has no plans to make any more US shale acquisitions, at least for now, because the French oil and gas company already is satisfied with its international shale oil and gas holdings, executives said.

Rex probing Utica shale, other Devonian formations

Aug 24, 2012

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., is pursuing liquids potential of several Devonian-age formations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the Utica shale, Upper Devonian Burkett shale, and the Upper Devonian Rhinestreet shale.

Quebec: Petrolia to core Macasty shale on Anticosti

Aug 13, 2012

Petrolia Inc., Rimouski, Que., will drill a series of stratigraphic core holes on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offshore Quebec to help characterize the Macasty shale, the geological equivalent of the Utica shale.

OOGA: Severance tax hike would hinder Ohio shale investments

Jul 16, 2012

Ohio’s oil and gas producers believe Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to increase the severance tax could discourage future investments in the state’s emerging Utica and Marcellus shale plays, said members of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.

NiSource, Hilcorp form JV for Utica shale production

Jul 10, 2012

NiSource Inc. unit Midstream & Minerals Group LLC, Merrillville, Ind., has formed a joint venture with affiliates of Hilcorp Energy Co., Houston, a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company.

Ohio: Gulfport drills record length Utica shale wells

Jun 21, 2012

Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, said two of its Utica shale wells represent the longest laterals and longest measured depth wells ever drilled in Ohio.

New York may ease ban on high-volume fracturing

Jun 14, 2012

New York may soon relax a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in certain areas of the state, a press report.

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