Chesapeake Energy Strikes Oil Again, This Time in WV

Chesapeake Energy announced in July 2011, to great fanfare and shouts of joy, that it had hit oil in the Ohio Utica Shale (see Major Discovery – Chesapeake Energy Strikes Oil (and Gas) in Ohio’s Utica Shale). Although early results were promising, by the end of 2012 Chesapeake admitted it had “misjudged” the Utica Shale fairway—the best places to drill—and their early enthusiasm seems to have subsided (see Chesapeake Admits Misjudging Ohio Utica Sweet Spot).

But perhaps Chesapeake has reason to smile again. Chesapeake has hit oil—in the West Virginia Marcellus Shale:

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