ODNR Chief Says Utica Shale is “Real Deal” & Feds Should Stay Out

James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently said that the Utica Shale “is the real deal.” By which he meant the Utica is here to stay and a serious shale play, getting a lot of attention (and development). It was only 15 months ago that there was plenty of angst about the Utica because it wasn’t as “oily” as some had hoped. In fact, at the time, Reuters pronounced the Utica a bust (see Reuters Says Utica Shale Boom is Really a Secret Bust). My oh my how wrong they were!

Just in case there’s any lingering doubt (for people like Reuters reporters), Zehringer set out to dispel the naysayers. In his recent remarks, Zehringer also said the feds should mind their own business and leave oil and gas regulation to the states, where it belongs…

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