Early well results show Utica shale production spreading beyond Ohio

Initial natural gas production rates hint at the existence of an even more substantial gas cache underneath not only the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio but possibly in northern Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Platts reports. The news service says that Gastar Exploration CEO Russell Porter recently unveiled what he called potentially one of the most productive wells to date in the dry gas Utica play in Marshall County, West Virginia. In addition, an analyst with investment bank Stifel Nicolaus told Platts that five high-rate Utica dry gas wells with initial production rates above 20,000 Mcf/d have been drilled recently in eastern Ohio and northwest West Virginia. Drilling on new Utica wells is also occurring in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern Pennsylvania near the New York border. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia