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Utica Shale DOA in New York ?

by Chip Northrup on October 25, 2012

Shown below are the location of some of the few Utica tests wells applications on file with the DEC. They were filed by Norse Energy, who seems to have an uncanny ability to not find gas in New York  is effectively comatose in the state, having put most of their acreage up for sale, and hiring themselves out as Rent-A-Plaintiffs in order for a recently vivisected lobbyist to maintain a pulse for the Dryden appeal.

Note that most of the permit applications fall outside of the USGS “sweet spot” for the Utica and are on the northern edge of where the Marcellus might be productive. Note that several of them are hard by state lands, which could mean that they intend to integrate state property into these speculations.

If they need more acreage, they can get the DEC to push the neighbors into their speculative wells. Because that’s what the DEC does – pretty much whatever the frackers want.

None of the applications have been filed by “real” E&P companies, who need another dry shale gas well like a hole in the head.   The depths shown are for the Utica, the southern wells are relatively deep. Given the USGS estimates of EURs, if these are dry gas wells, it is unlikely that any of them would be economic this decade. In short, given Norse’s track record in New York state, these tests may help further define where the Utica shale is not productive.    Because the northern extent of Utican productivity is probably in Tioga County, Pa. as shown in the Range Resources map. At the bottom of the page are the wells in New York state that have gone through both the Marcellus and Utica or the Marcellus – testing one of the other formation.

utica shale new york
Utica Test Wells New York  

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Ian October 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

How does the Utica Shale in NY differ from the Utica Shale in Ohio? It would seem the Ohio formation contains wet gas and oil. I am praying NY’s does not.


Chip Northrup October 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

There is no indication that the Utica is wet in NYS. In fact, indications are that it is relatively low carbon content, less than the Marcellus in NE Pa., so at these depths, may not be economic this decade. We shall see. If your town has not passed a road and land use plan, you will find all this out the hard way. Not advised.


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