Industry experts and followers tend to argue about who the big dog is in the natural gas drilling yard. Ohio wants to claim top billing, so does Pennsylvania, so does West Virginia, and so does Texas. It is an argument that will continue.
According to state Department of Environmental Protection data, over the last year, the number of drill rigs boring wells in Pennsylvania dropped from 115 to 78, while drills in Ohio increased from 12 to 20.
Recently Columbus Business First ranked the big players in Ohio in its list of top counties for shale drilling wells. The counties that made the list are all located in Eastern Ohio. The following are Ohio’s giants:
- No. 10 Portage County: permitted: 8, drilled: 3, completed: 1, producing: 0
- No. 9 Mahoning County: permitted: 12, drilled: 1, completed: 1, producing: 0
- No. 8 Stark County: permitted: 12, drilled: 6, completed: 0, producing: 0
- No. 7 Noble County: permitted: 12, drilled: 7, completed: 0, producing: 0
- No. 6 Guernsey County: permitted: 13, drilled: 3, completed: 1, producing: 2
- No. 5: Monroe County: permitted: 16, drilled: 7, completed: 0, producing: 0
- No. 4 Harrison County: permitted: 24, drilled: 6, completed: 0, producing: 1
- No. 3 Jefferson County: permitted: 26, drilled: 12, completed: 4, producing: 0
- No. 2 Columbiana County: permitted: 47, drilled: 19, completed: 0, producing: 1
- No. 1 Carroll County: permitted: 99, drilled: 36, completed: 5, producing: 9
According to a study released by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Ohio producers provided the state with 78 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 4.7 million barrels of crude oil in 2010. Ohio remains in the top half of natural gas and crude oil producing states and ranks sixth in number of producing gas wells. Since 1860, Ohio has produced over 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.14 billion barrels of crude oil, worth approximately $124.4 billion at 2010 average wellhead prices.
Ohio remains in the top half of natural gas producing states, and ranks ninth in the number of gas wells drilled and fourth in number of total productive wells with 222,204 to date. Approximately 64,378 natural gas and crude oil wells are currently in operation and are distributed among 5,664 registered well owners (4,200 are domestic owners). Natural gas and crude oil have been produced in most of Ohio’s 88 counties since the industry’s launch, though much of the current activity occurs in the eastern half of the state. Many wells produce both natural gas and crude oil.