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Oil and Gas Production in Utica Continues to Rise

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and natural gas production in Ohio’s Utica-Point Pleasant shale play rose in the second quarter, as 614.22 billion cubic feet of gas and 5.81 million barrels of oil were produced by wells in the state.

Those numbers are up from 609.45 billion cubic feet of gas and 5.07 million barrels of oil in the first quarter, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ quarterly report.

Regionally, Columbiana County once again dominated the production numbers as 10.92 billion cubic feet of natural gas came from wells in the county, along with 8,618 barrels of oil. 

In comparison, Mahoning County produced just 340.21 million cubic feet of gas and 2,139 barrels of oil and Trumbull County accounted for 127.83 million cubic feet of gas and 1,774 barrels.

The top-performing natural gas well in Columbiana County was EAP Ohio LLC’s Sevek 18-12-3 210H well in Washington Township. The well produced 1.96 billion cubic feet of gas. Leading the county in oil production was the Chesapeake Exploration LLC Ayrview Acres 27-16-5 5H well with 971 barrels of oil.

In Mahoning County, the Hilcorp Energy Co.CLL-2 6H well in Poland was top in natural gas production at 67.78 million cubic feet of has, while Northwood Energy Corp.’s Hendricks MAHN2AHSU well in Ellsworth Township led oil production in the county with 839 barrels.

And for Trumbull County, Pin Oak Energy Partners had both the top-performing natural gas and oil wells, with the Buckeye 1H well producing 33.46 million cubic feet of natural gas and the Brugler 1H well producing 327 barrels of oil. Both wells are in Hartford Township.

Activity in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play continues to be concentrated in southeastern Ohio, as the ODNR report was made up mostly of entries for Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe counties.

Leading the state in gas production was the Ascent Resources Utica LLC Gordon N CRC JF 3H well in Jefferson County’s Cross Creek Township, just outside of Stebuenville. The well produced 3.57 billion cubic feet of gas.

And in oil production, Eclipse Resources I LLP’s Jupiter B Unit 3H in Guernsey County’s Millwood Township ranked No. 1 in production, accounting for 102,747 barrels. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.