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EIA study shows promising Utica shale production

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media

The Energy Information Administration has released data on initial gas production from Utica shale wells, reports Columbus Business First.

A study of the first 20 months of activity in the shale, which rests mostly in Ohio, found that its early gas production totals place it on par with Texas’s Eagle Ford shale and higher than Louisiana’s Haynesville shale.

However, it still falls short of the neighboring Marcellus shale by about two-thirds.

Utica shale development began later than in other boom areas, but energy companies are starting to take note of the region’s possibilities. Its production-per-rig is the highest in the nation due to the amount of new wells being drilled.

The US Department of Energy announced earlier this week it will start including the Utica in its monthly report on oil and gas totals from the country’s most prominent shale plays, prompting the EIA comparison.

Read the story at Columbus Business First: Utica shale production comparable to Eagle Ford’s startup, EIA says

And check out the EIA report: Natural Gas Weekly Update


Related: Utica Shale activity continuing to move south