Ohio shale gas production up in 2015, but growth slowing

June 1, 2015

Columbus Business First

Oil and gas drilling is off to a good start in 2015, but the quarterly jump in gas production has slowed.

Natural gas production increased more than 11 percent during the first three months of 2015 compared with the previous three months. Gas production had increased by 25 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The downturn in the oil and gas industry has caused rigs to pull back from drilling expensive new wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play, but less-costly production continues. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling started in Ohio later than most of its state peers.

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