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Horizontal Shale Well Activity Picking Up In The County
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:34 PM

While oil and gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales has yet to reach anticipated levels of activity in Monroe County, signs point towards a more productive future. In December 2012 alone, five new permits were issued for horizontal drilling in the county.

New permits for the Marcellus Shale include the Monroe North Unit 1H in Switzerland Township issued on Dec. 14 to XTO Energy Inc. and the Ormet Corp 2-9-H unit in Ohio Township issued on Dec. 18 to Triad Hunter LLC for a second unit on its Ormet Corp site.

New permits for the Utica Shale include the Tippens Unit 6HS in Green Township issued on Dec. 21 to Eclipse Resources, the Norman Unit 1H in Seneca Township issued on Dec. 18 to Antero Resources Appalachian Corp., and the Monroe North Unit 2-H in Switzerland Township issued on Dec. 14 to XTO Energy Inc.

Thus far in the new year, no new permits have been issued. Total permits issued in Monroe County to date include 10 in the Marcellus Shale and 22 in the Utica Shale. However, of the 22 Utica Shale permits, 15 have been issued to separate units on the Whitacre Enterprises site being drilled near Graysville by HG Energy LLC.

Of the 32 total well sites with permits issued, four are listed on the Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management website as producing wells. Those producing in the Marcellus Shale include the Ormet Corp 1-9H well operated in Ohio Township by Virco Inc and the Eisenbarth 3-H well operated in Ohio Township by Statoil USA Onshore Prop Inc. Those producing in the Utica Shale include the Whitacre Enterprises INC 701 N-2H well operated by HG Energy in Washington Township and the ET Rubel Unit 1H well operated by Antero Resources Appalachian Corp in Senaca Township. Four other wells in the county are listed as in the drilling process, while the rest remain dormant.

While information can be hard to come by due to the private nature of many of the companies involved, some facts can be gleaned from financial reports and other business filings. For example, Antero Resources, who is one of the biggest players in Monroe County currently, filed its 2013 Capital Budget and Outlook on Jan. 28. 

 

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