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Published on Jun 13, 2011
The Utica Shale is generating interest among energy companies and landowners because like the Marcellus Shale, it is potentially a significant gas-bearing formation. Older and deeper than the Marcellus, the Utica expands beyond the footprint of the Marcellus Formation to the north and west. Initial data from several test wells in Beaver County and Ohio indicate the Utica may be quite productive and contain natural gas liquids and oil, yet much is unknown about its ultimate potential. Michael A. Arthur, professor of geosciences and co-director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), will discuss the economic viability of drilling the Utica in Pennsylvania and the Appalachian Basin. He also will address how portions of the Utica may be more productive than other areas based on thermal maturity data.