Ohio Shale conference: Residents take time to learn how shale boom will impact them

•••••In the Nov. 15 edition of the Farm and Dairy it was reported
that all of the Marcellus shale wells fracked in the past five years in Pennsylvania, used six days of water equivalent of the Muskingum River in McConnelsville at the low water mark during the drought in June 2010, according to the Muskingum Water Conservation District. It was actually 2012 and not 2010.•••••

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Almost 100 percent of the land in Carroll County has been leased for possible Utica shale drilling, or is being held by production. That was just one of the facts shared by a team from Ohio State University Extension at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center auditorium Nov. 10.

The shale conversation is hot and it’s not going away anytime soon. People interested in the topic traveled from as far away as Medina County to Cambridge to hear what is going on and how it may affect them.

Chris Penrose, Ohio State University Extension educator for both agriculture and natural resources, started the conference by telling the audience it was not about pro or con of the shale drilling phenomenon, but a way to tell the public what is going on with it.

Fracking chemicals

Penrose said there have been more than 60,000 wells fracked in Ohio and over a million in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing is a process commonly used in oil development. It is a technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.
Landowners and other residents typically voice concerns about the chemicals used while fracking wells.

The list of chemicals used in a Jefferson County well showed the contents contained 86 percent of water or 4.04 million gallons of water, 12.91 percent of sand and 0.4 percent of acid, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Other chemicals listed include friction reducer, scale inhibitors, gelling, a pH agent, biocides, clay stabilizers, breakers and crosslinkers. There is less than 1 percent of these chemicals used the chemical composition used to frack wells.

Production

Another area discussed was the potential of the oil and gas production here in Ohio.
Penrose said the Utica shale has more potential than the Marcellus shale and is more extensive than the Marcellus shale in Ohio.

He also detailed production at some producing wells in Ohio.
• Buell well in Harrison County (Chesapeake Energy) has had peak rate of 9.5 mmcf (million cubic feet) gas/per day. It has also been noted to produce 1,425 bbl/s (barrels) per day of natural gas liquids or 3,010 BOE (barrels of oil equivalent) per day.
• Anadarko’s initial reports in Noble and Guernsey counties are “promising.” One well has produced 9,500 barrels of oil in 20 days.
• Gulfport Energy reported that the Shugert well in Belmont County is producing 20 mmcf gas per day or 4,914 BOE per day.
• The Frank unit well in Stark County owned by Enervest is reportedly producing 515 barrels of oil per day as of August 2012.
• Chesapeake has reported to continuously find strong production in Harrison, Columbiana and Carroll counties.
• Test wells in Ashland and Medina county are not giving high production numbers, according to Penrose, and some companies are reportedly considering pulling those exploratory wells.

Shale trends

Other interesting trends to note that were mentioned at the conference:
• Ohio has the regulatory authority of wells. Ohio regulations are equal or greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency.
• All of the Marcellus shale wells fracked in the past five years in Pennsylvania, used six days of water equivalent of the Muskingum River in McConnelsville at the low water mark during the drought in June 2010, according to the Muskingum Water Conservation District.
• Exxon predicts natural gas use to surpass oil by 2030, expect a 68 percent increase between 2010 and 2020.

About the Author

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96. More Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

One Comment

  1. Ken says:

    I think we have different sources of energy. Sun, wind, water, peterolum, and ect. Anytime we can use our own energy source
    safely, we should do it. We learn, and in this learning process
    we will gain the knowledge for the future energy needs. We need to install pipelines to move gas, and oil around the country. This
    administration is wrong, and they are taking the wrong approach
    to solving energy problems. I personaly have put up a wind device
    to capture the wind, to see if it would be a worth while venture.
    In our area, wind would work an average of 37 days per year. Not
    good enough for the investment. Sun here would work 218 day average,
    still not enough for the investment. All in all shale oil should, and would be great. Other sorces can be devloped, however with the administrations hold on fosil energy is the worst thing that has been
    done. We heat with oil in our home. Four years ago our heating bill
    ran around $300.00. Now this year it will be $1200.00 Don’t anyone
    attempt to tell us we are better off. I say go for SHALE products.

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