OH 2012 Utica Production: A Slow Start, but Still Hopeful

slowOhio finally released 2012 Utica Shale production numbers for oil and gas yesterday. It’s tough to summarize those numbers in a simple statement, but if we had to, we’d say “disappointing.” The total production numbers are quite a bit lower than we had expected–12.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas & NGLs produced for the year, and almost 636,000 barrels of oil, from 87 producing wells. The question is, why was it not more? The short answer, we believe, is “lack of infrastructure.” It was not from “lack of performance” by the wells themselves, some of which turned in very good numbers.

MDN has embedded a copy of the numbers below as reported by the ODNR (with two extra rows in the data provided by MDN). We’ll report what the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources said about the numbers, what others have had to say, and then give you our take on the numbers. Buckle up!
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MDN Editorial Note: Just One Story Today

Dear MDN Readers:

Today we have a single story–about the newly released numbers from the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources detailing the Utica Shale production numbers for 2012. It’s a big and important story. We’ll catch up the other news of the day on Monday.

Jim Willis, Editor
Marcellus Drilling News