Ohio's oil and gas wells in the Utica shale formation produced more than twice as much oil and gas in the third quarter of 2013 as they did in all of 2012. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently released production results from Ohio's horizontal shale wells for the third quarter of 2013.
The report lists 285 wells, 245 of which reported production results. Forty wells reported no production as they are waiting on pipeline infrastructure. The 245 wells produced 1,332,477 barrels of oil and 33,606,075 Mcf (1,000 cubic feet) of natural gas.
Of those 245 wells:
*The average amount of oil produced was 5,439 barrels.
*The average amount of gas produced was 137,168 Mcf.
*The average number of days in production was 55.
The highest producing oil well was the Gulfport Energy "Boy Scout" well in Harrison County at 41,617 barrels of oil during 70 days of production. The highest producing gas well was the Gulfport Energy "Stutzman" well in Belmont County at 1,249,739 Mcf during 89 days of production.
Passed in Sub. House Bill 59, and effective Sept. 29, operators of horizontal oil and gas wells in Ohio were required to submit production data quarterly instead of annually. Companies must submit the data to ODNR 45 days after the end of the quarter. The increased reporting provides ODNR, the industry and the public with more accurate and timely information regarding Ohio's oil and gas industry.
Addressing the boost in production Ben Ebenhack, who teaches in the petroleum-engineering department at Marietta College. is quoted in Columbus Dispatch as saying, "It looks pretty promising. If it had not gone up dramatically with this much drilling and completion activity, that would have been a bad sign."
Production data for the first and second quarters of 2013 will be made available as part of the 2013 oil and gas report. Moving forward, ODNR will release quarterly data online after it is compiled and verified for accuracy.
All horizontal production reports can be accessed at: http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/production.
Ohio law does not require the separate reporting of Natural Gas Liquids. Gas reporting totals listed on the report include NGLs.
Hydraulic fracturing is used in the oil and gas extraction process. Fracking enables energy companies to tap into natural gas-rich shale such as the Marcellus and Utica-Point Pleasant deposits in Ohio, according to ODNR. It allows natural gas trapped 1.5 miles deep in the earth to be released and captured
for use in homes, businesses, and as an alternative fuel for some cars.