Utica shale play posts big natural gas production gain in 2016

Horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play yielded more than 1.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas during 2016, a 43.4% increase from the prior year, reports the Youngstown Business Journal. Citing production reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the newspaper also says Utica wells produced 345.241 billion cubic feet of gas in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 14.1% increase over the same period in 2015. However, the ODNR report showed oil production in the Utica region fell 22% in 2016 compared to the previous year. For more, read the full story.