Utica Shale Could Produce Lots of Natural Gas

Marcellus Shale Blog

10/8/2012 7:39 AM

It's been estimated that there is about 100 years worth of recoverable natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.

But underneath the Marcellus, the Utica Shale could hold quite a bit of natural gas too.

Last Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report, which estimates up to 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas may exist in the Utica Shale, which can be found in parts of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

It's not as much as the Marcellus - USGS estimates 84 trillion cubic feet of gas there - but it's still a lot, and along with that, the agency also estimates between 590 million and 1.39 billion barrels of oil and between 4 and 16 million of natural gas liquids - ethane and propane are two examples - could also be recovered.

So for those that think natural gas drilling in the Northeast is only a fly-by-night thing, think again. It seems like natural gas is here to stay, at least for a few more generations. 

Let's see if farms within the region last for that long too.

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