It seems some drillers have become excited about the Upper Devonian Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia (see today’s companion story: 5th Upper Devonian Driller + Maps of Best UD Spots to Drill). However, it also seems that the UD isn’t all peaches and cream–especially for drillers in eastern Ohio. Akron Beacon Journal reporter Bob Downing reports the UD in Ohio has so far been pretty lackluster.
Surprisingly, there have already been 125 UD wells drilled in Ohio over the past two years, most of them vertical-only wells. An update on UD drilling in Ohio:
State College-based Eclipse Resources, previously with 41,000 Utica Shale acres in eastern Ohio, has just picked up another 184,000 acres in Ohio by buying out The Oxford Oil Company. Some 49,000 of those new acres are in Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties–Utica-rich areas in the eastern part of the state.
According to the Eclipse announcement, Oxford Oil will be renamed Eclipse but will become a subsidiary, continuing to function as before. According to Eclipse CEO Ben Hulburt, this purchase makes Eclipse one of the largest acreage holders in the “core” of the Utica Shale play…
A Barnesville (Belmont County), OH couple have sued the company they signed a lease with in 2008, Oxford Oil Company, to prevent Oxford from drilling a new well on a hayfield on their property.
The details as we know them: