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Wells starting to prove worth

January 6, 2014
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - Ten Columbiana County oil and gas wells were among 245 statewide that produced more in three months last year than all of 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The report released last week provided production figures for drilling activity in Ohio's Utica shale play during the third quarter of 2013. This is the first time the quarterly figures were made available since a new state law passed requiring companies to file production reports every quarter instead of yearly.

The report noted there are 285 horizontal wells, of which 245 were in production between July and September, producing 1.3 million barrels of oil and 33.6 billion cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas. In 2012, there were 85 wells in production that generated 635,876 barrels of oil and 12.8 billion MCF of gas.

An MCF is equal to 1,000 feet of natural gas, while a barrel is equal to 42 gallons.

The county only had five wells in production in 2012, but five more came on line last year. Following are the third-quarter production numbers for all 10 wells and the number of days they were in operation:

The 10 wells also produced a combined 18,077 barrels of brine, a salty byproduct of drilling. The wells are among 97 wells in various stages of development at 74 drilling sites in the county.



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