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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ODNR Director: "Utica is the Real Deal"

ODNR Director
James Zehringer
James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, gave a glowing review of the Utica shale's progress and potential during a recent talk at Monroe University.  He also emphasized his feeling that the state should continue to regulate drilling without interference from the federal government.

“A total of 270,000 wells have been drilled in Ohio during the last 150 years of oil and gas production. And, we once thought we had enough natural gas to last 10 years. Now, we believe we have enough to last a century,” Zehringer said.

“Utica is the real deal. And the numbers of wells being drilled show it.”

Indeed, there is real excitement over the progress of the play, especially after promising production results were released for the third quarter of 2013.

Zehringer closed his discussion by praising the job the state has done to regulate drilling as the shale boom has taken off.  He sees no reason why the federal government should interfere in the state's handling of matters.

“Governor (John) Kasich recently sent a letter to President (Barrack) Obama to tell him we want to remain in charge of our own oil and gas regulations. We know our own geology, and we also want to work with our local government on this,” he said.
 

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