2 New Shale Layers in Eastern Ohio “Good Candidates” for Drilling

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A new report has just been issued by the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey. The report is titled “Mapping Source Rock and Thermal Maturity of the Devonian Shale Interval in Eastern Ohio” (full copy embedded below). The report, with lots of helpful maps, takes a close look at the Devonian Shale layer, which is composed of a number of sub-layers. The report concludes that two of those sub-layers–the Huron Shale and Rhinestreet Shale–have “significant oil and gas potential and may be good candidates for modern-day horizontal drilling techniques.” Cool! Beyond the Utica/Point Pleasant and the Marcellus, it appears that there are now other very promising layers in eastern Ohio–enough shale oil and gas to keep Ohio drillers busy for the next 100 years and more…

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