Economics, Technology Drive Utica Shale Decisions

By Burton Speakman


There are both economic and technological reasons to explain why companies are focusing on just a few Ohio counties within the Utica Shale, an energy representative says.

Harry Schurr, general manager of Utica operations for CONSOL Energy, said the western portion of the shale including Ohio counties such as Coshocton, Muskingum, Stark and Summit, which contains significantly more oil, is too shallow and does not contain enough pressure to economically extract the oil.




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