Companies look to drill in West Virginia's Utica shale formation

Oklahoma City-based Fossil Creek, which originally explored and operated oil and gas wells in Oklahoma and Texas before expanding into Ohio, is again expanding – this time to West Virginia, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register reports. Whereas companies for years have been drilling into the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Utica shale in Ohio, Fossil Creek is among the companies mixing up that arrangement (See our April 15, 2014, blog post – "Impressive production results in Ohio's Utica shale play are pushing drillers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to invest in multiple formations"). The company is signing Utica shale leases in Marshall County, West Virginia. After drilling several success wells into the Marcellus shale, Houston-based Gastar Exploration Inc. is also planning to drill into the Utica shale formation in Marshall County, the article said. For more, read the full story.

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