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Monday, July 16, 2018

Digging Deep Into 2018 1st Quarter Utica Shale Production Data

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has now released the production data from the Utica shale for the first quarter of 2018. As always, we are going to give you a look at how the numbers compare to past quarters, past years, and how they break down among the various drillers who are active in Ohio and the counties where they are drilling. We'll look at where the production numbers would end up for 2018 if they continue at the same pace as the first quarter. We also have the top 10 oil and gas wells detailed below.


First up, let's take a look at how the quarterly data compares from the 1st quarter of 2014 through the first quarter of 2018. As a reminder, all oil figures are 42-gallon barrels, and all gas production is measured in MCF:

Total oil production dropped for the first time since quarter four of 2016, while oil production rates - both by the well and by the day - hit a new low since quarter one of 2014 (remember, prior to that time production in Ohio was only reported on a yearly basis) for the second consecutive quarter.

Gas production, on the other hand, continues the streak of setting new high points for overall production and production rates.  

One other notable thing that shows the slowdown in activity: this is the smallest quarter-over-quarter increase in producing wells we've seen since quarterly reporting began.  Only 30 more wells actually reported production this quarter than in the previous one, where the smallest increase previously seen was 34 from quarter four of 2016 into quarter one of 2017.  Only 52 more wells total were on the report, matching the smallest increase in that column previously observed (which was also from 2016 Q4 to 2017 Q1).

The next table shows the production comparison year-over-year.

The oil production slowdown in the first quarter puts 2018 off to an early pace that would lead to the lowest overall oil production of the last four years.

The increasing natural gas production continues to be impressive, with things on pace for over 2,000,000,000 MCF of natural gas to be produced in 2018, the first time Ohio would see shale production hit that milestone.


Here are the top 10 oil-producing wells in quarter one of 2018:

Eclipse Resources dominates the list of top oil-producing wells yet again this quarter, with 7 of the 10 wells.  The top two wells in 2018 quarter one were the same two wells that topped the production list in 2017 quarter four. 

Here are the top 10 gas-producing wells from the quarter:

Eclipse Resources rode the Herrick East 11H well into the top spot this quarter after Ascent Resources had owned all of the top 10 gas producers in the previous quarter.  The overall production and production rates from these 10 wells were both up from the previous quarter.


Here is the production data broken down by county:

Guernsey County continues to be the top spot for oil production, with the highest rates and overall output.

As for gas production, Belmont County continues to have the most overall production.  However, Jefferson County raced past it this month to be the highest producing county in terms of amount of gas per well and per day in production.


And here are the results broken down by operator:

Gulfport Appalachia saw tremendous gas production rates in the first quarter of 2018, albeit from just six wells.  It claims the highest gas producers by rate from Rice Energy for the first time in a long time.

Eclipse Resources strong oil production showed up on the top 10 oil wells list, and it shows up again on this report.  Not only did it have the highest oil production rates, but it is only slightly over 4,000,000 barrels behind Chesapeake Exploration in total oil production despite the fact that Eclipse has only 106 wells with production compared to Chesapeake's 698.

We hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the data.  You can view the spreadsheet from the ODNR containing all of the production data by clicking here.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Rogue Anti-Fracking Groups Use Independence Day for ‘Most Kid Friendly’ Protest Camp Ever

by Jackie Stewart, Energy in Depth

Most Ohio families celebrated the Fourth of July with their children by participating in activities such as barbecuing, watching fireworks and taking in patriotic parades. But that wasn’t the case for everyone. Appalachia Resist! – the most rogue anti-fracking group in the state – gathered in Athens, not to celebrate the national holiday, but instead to train children in “workshop responsibilities” that included “jail solidarity, indigenous resistance, direct action, and pipeline construction/fracking infrastructure” obstruction.
Sadly, this is not the first time this group (and others) have exploited children as part of their “Keep It In the Ground” cause, but it’s certainly one of the most extreme incidents, with these kids presumably forced by their activist parents to spend Independence Day braving Ohio’s record high temperatures for an agenda that very few in the Buckeye State support. What’s more is that Appalachia Resist! once again partnered with Earth First! for this Fourth of July “kid-friendly” workshop that included such topics as “monkeywrenching” – an activity both groups have a history of using as part of their repertoire of criminal activities.
According to Earth First!’s website, monkeywrenching is defined as:
“Monkeywrenching: Ecotage, ecodefense, billboard bandits, desurveying, road reclamation, tree spiking, even fire. All of these terms describe the unlawful sabotage of industrial extraction and development equipment, as a means of striking at the Earth’s destroyers where they commit their crimes and hitting them where they feel it most—in their profit margins.” (emphasis added)
Earth First! co-founder  Mike Roselle has described monkeywrenching as, “[M]ore than just sabotage, and you’re g*ddamn right, it’s revolutionary! This is jihad.”  As EID highlighted six year ago, Earth First Journal! is essentially a roadmap to getting away with illegal acts of destruction. To that point, the workshop included exactly that — a roadmap for blockades, pipeline protest skills and media strategies. In fact, the groups are even holding two workshops on “zombie equipment” ?! (Perhaps that’s the so-called “kid-friendly” portion of the workshop responsibilities…)
But I digress. Violence and the use of children by Appalachia Resist! is concerning, and even more so given the group’s previous history of both. Recall that just last year, this same group put out a disturbing video, narrated by a child, saying “fracking kills” and “the danger is especially high for children, babies and nursing mothers,” as well as a host of other absurd claims. The video also features Appalachia Resist! leader Peter Gibbons-Ballew, who was recently charged with civil disobedience, inducing panic, and hindering and failure to comply, after shutting down a busy intersection by chaining himself to a pipe in downtown Columbus.
Warning: once you’ve seen this video, it can’t be unseen.
Fast-forward a year later, and this group has apparently doubled down on its continued use of children to advance its campaign. In fact, ahead of the Independence Day “kid-friendly” workshop, Appalachia Resist! dedicated an entire paragraph to encouraging people to bring children out to the event. According to their own website,
“We’re trying to make this year’s rendezvous the most kid friendly rendezvous ever, with workshop, responsibilities, and discussions, with and for the kids. You can help by bringing your kids, or encouraging and helping your friends who have kids, to attend.” (emphasis added)
Ironically, the appeal for children to attend comes just after the group warns of hot temperatures, and the following,
“There will be many insects including mosquitoes and ticks.  There is a high chance you will encounter poison ivy.  Nights around here can be very noisy with the matting/kinship/territory calls of frogs, insects, birds, and mammals that are active at night.  There are three venomous snakes in the area; rattlesnakes, copperheads and possibly cottonmouths. You are unlikely to be lucky enough to see one of them. Coyote & bobcats are the largest predators that live in the area, although eastern black bear have been sighted passing through.”
According to eyewitness accounts, about 30 vehicles – roughly half of which drove in (using fossil fuels) from out-of-state locations as far away as North Carolina, California and Oregon – were parked outside of the event. And while that is a decidedly low turnout, the fact remains that every major criminal incident committed against fracking in Ohio has included a member of this group. And now they are indoctrinating children into these violent efforts.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cabot Oil & Gas Holds Meeting With Loudonville Council

From the Ashland Times-Gazette:
If all goes well, the area could see major financial benefits to fracking, but there are still several unknowns, Loudonville Council learned.

Cabot Oil and Gas representatives George Stark and Bethany Ramos spent about 40 minutes discussing their firm’s work in the area on Monday. Strait said a well project is underway on County Road 2375 in northern Green Township, while sites have been approved in Vermillion Township, west of Hayesville, and Mohican Township near Jeromesville. Earlier mention was made of the company drilling at least five wells in Ashland, Wayne, Holmes or Richland county.

Besides the possibility of a well close to Loudonville, Stark also mentioned that Cabot may wish to buy water from the village to assist with the drilling process. Well projects require between 4 and 7 million gallons of water, some of which will be brought from the Black Fork, not far from the Green Township site, but more is required, Stark said.

No village officials responded to Stark’s mentioning of buying village water.

Cabot will attempt to come up with a way to recycle water used in the drilling process, as it has done successfully on well projects in Sesquehenna County, Pennsylvania, but Stark did not know if recycling would work here. If not, used water would be shipped to a state-approved disposal facility.
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Ascent Resources Obtains Five Utica Shale Drilling Permits Last Week as Rig Count Drops

New permits issued last week: 5  (Previous week: 3+2
Total horizontal permits issued: 2843  (Previous week: 2840+3
Total horizontal wells drilled: 2371 (Previous week: 2370+1
Total horizontal wells producing: 1913 (Previous week: 1904+9
Utica rig count: 18 (Previous week: 19)  -1

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July 2018 Utica and Marcellus Shale Activity Maps

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ODNR Releases First Quarter 2018 Utica Shale Production Data

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
During the first quarter of 2018, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 3,942,251 barrels of oil and 531,291,017 Mcf (531 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to the figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). 
Natural gas production from the first quarter of 2018 showed an 42.85% increase over the first quarter of 2017, while oil production decreased by 3.6% for the same period. 
 2017 Quarter 1 (Shale)2018 Quarter 1 (Shale)Percentage Change
Barrels of oil4,090,500 bbl3,942,251 bbl(3.62%)
Mcf of natural gas371,921,659 Mcf531,291,017 Mcf42.85%

The ODNR quarterly report lists 1,949 horizontal shale wells, 1,909 of which reported oil and natural gas production during the quarter. Of the wells reporting oil and natural gas results: 
  • The average amount of oil produced was 2,066 barrels.
  • The average amount of gas produced was 278,454 Mcf.
  • The average number of third quarter days in production was 86.

All horizontal production reports can be accessed at 
Ohio law does not require the separate reporting of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) or condensate. Oil and gas reporting totals list on the report include NGLs and condensate.
We will have our detailed look at the figures coming soon!!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

EPA Advancing in Assault On Obama-Era Clean Water Rule

From NGI:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers said they plan to repeal, rather than modify, a controversial Obama-era definition of what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS), arguing that the definition has led to regulatory uncertainty and runs afoul of previous rulings by the Supreme Court. 
Opponents of the rule, including the oil and gas industry, worry that WOTUS is so broad that it could be used to include ditches and ruts in dirt roads that capture rainwater. 
In a 93-page supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR), EPA and the Army Corps clarified that they plan to repeal the definition -- aka the Clean Water Rule (CWR), which both agencies jointly promulgated in 2015 -- in its entirety. They also proposed to recodify regulations that preceded the CWR. 
Both moves satisfy an executive order President Trump issued in February 2017 for the agencies to review the CWR. The rule outlined what constituted WOTUS and, therefore, protection under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
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$900 Million Gas-Fired Power Plant in Harrison County Gets OPSB Approval

From the OPSB:
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Harrison Power LLC to construct a 1,050 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generation facility in in Cadiz, Ohio. 
The Harrison Power Plant will be located on a 90-acre parcel within the Cadiz Industrial Park. The facility will interconnect to the regional electric transmission grid via a 138 kilovolt transmission line to AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s nearby Nottingham Substation. Harrison Power proposes to commence construction in October 2018 and begin commercial operation of the facility by June 2021. 
In separate business, the OPSB approved a request made by Hardin Wind Energy LLC to modify the certificate issued for the Hardin Wind Farm to allow the use of the GE 2.5-127 and GE 2.7-116 turbine models. The Hardin Wind Farm, under construction in Hardin County, was authorized by the OPSB in 2010. The Board also denied the application for rehearing filed in the second modification to the Black Fork Wind Farm located in Crawford and Richland counties and cancelled the certificate held by American Future Fuels Corporation’s proposed Lima Energy Station located in Allen County.
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