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8 Utica and Marcellus Drillers Included on "Oil Company Death List"
Chesapeake Energy continues to see its legal battles compound over its royalty-payment practices. Already facing lawsuits in several different states and having been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that another government outfit is taking a legal interest in the company's royalty payment strategies: Chesapeake Energy has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Postal service, seeking information on its royalty practices, according to a regulatory filing. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported , the Oklahoma City-based driller faces a slew of disputes and complaints over how it pays royalties. We've posted articles in the past that looked at some of the questionable practices that Chesapeake has employed to reduce the amount of royalties it pays out to landowners. As a quick refresher, note how ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten shared some of the details in an article which we shared here on The Daily Digger in March
In the United States, there are seven main Shales (Bakken, Niobrara, Permian, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Utica). The Permian and Eagle Ford Shale, located in Texas, are the highest producing Shales in the United States. Among all of them, the Utica Shale seems to be the one with less popularity despite bringing many investments and job opportunities for Ohio. In today's post, we will discuss why the Utica Shale is under-appreciated and how it has benefited Ohio. Marcellus Shale Perhaps one reason why the Utica Shale is under-appreciated is that it's located right next to the Marcellus Shale. The latest report estimates that the Marcellus Shale yields about 14.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. In 2015, it was the source for over 36% of the shale gas produced in the United States and 18% of the total dry gas production of the United States. Of course, the Utica Shale is small in comparison to the Marcellus Shale. Despite that, the Utica Shale still holds s