Oil and gas exec: Southern Utica sweet spot all about geology

The geological makeup of the southern Utica shale play in Ohio explains why energy companies drilling there are experiencing higher rates of production than in the northern sections of the play, says Range Resources CEO Jeff Ventura. He told the Business Journal in Youngstown that the hydrocarbons in the Utica shale formation are less prolific than those found in the Point Pleasant, a stratum of rock that rests just below the Utica and is being drilled in Harrison, Monroe and Noble counties. For more, read the full story.