Updated Maps for the Utica Shale Play – from EIA

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The more you drill in a given shale play, the more you know about it based on the performance of the wells you’ve drilled. And so it is with the newest, youngest, and fastest-growing play in the U.S.–the Utica Shale. Aubrey McClendon (God rest his soul) once said the Utica Shale is “the biggest thing to hit Ohio since the plow.” He was right. But the Utica extends beyond Ohio into West Virginia, Pennsylvania and even into New York. Since active drilling began in the Utica in 2011, more than 1,700 shale wells have been drilled in the Utica/Point Pleasant layer. That gives us (and our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration) a lot of useful information. The EIA has just released a series of revised Utica Shale maps based on the data accumulated over the past five years. We have their updated maps and insights below…

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