Surprise Move: ODNR Releases 3Q13 Utica Shale Production Report
Just as MDN went into hiatus for a few days for the holidays, on New Year’s Eve the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued a major announcement: they published their first-ever quarterly production report for the Utica Shale. As MDN previously reported, the Ohio legislature passed a law that requires quarterly reporting (see Ohio Moves One Step Closer to Quarterly O&G Production Reports). However, last word we had was that the reporting would not be required by drillers until “starting” January 2014 (see Ohio Moves to Quarterly Production Reports Starting Jan 2014). Obviously our (and everyone else’s) understanding was wrong. The ODNR has been quietly requiring drillers to start reporting quarterly in 2013, not 2014, and the first such report–for the third quarter of 2013–was released on New Year’s Eve.
We’re certainly not complaining! Just surprised. What does the report show? It shows that the OH Utica produced 33.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in just 3Q13. For context, the OH Utica produced just 12.8 Bcf of natural gas for all of 2012. It means that 2013 will shape up to be an extraordinary production year in the Utica Shale, proving the naysayers wrong and validating the Utica Shale as one of the most important shale plays in the country. We provide the ODNR announcement below, which crowns two Gulfport wells as most productive (one for oil and one for gas) for 3Q13. We also include analysis of the numbers by our friends at the Akron Beacon Journal. Finally, below is a full copy of the report, in handy PDF format (7 pages long) for you to download or print for your own use.