Ohio Utica Drilling Showing Signs of a New Boom

Ohio Utica Shale drilling is showing signs of a new boom in drilling–much to the delight of everyone, except anti’s. A new shale boom in the Buckeye State is good for landowners, it’s good for the economy, and it’s good for jobs. Frankly, it’s good for everyone. What are the signs of a burgeoning new shale boom? Here’s one sign: Business at a barge facility on the Ohio River where drillers offload equipment and supplies had all but dried up–at least traffic coming from shale-related customers. The facility operator kept afloat by handling soybeans and corn. But now? The bookings from the oil and gas industry are rolling in again. Drilling supplies like barite are once again coming to the facility. Add to that rig counts in Ohio are inching up–almost at parity with Pennsylvania (see Marcellus/Utica Rig Count Race Tightens: OH Count Closes in on PA). These are sure signs that a new drilling boom is on the way in the Buckeye State…

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