ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Energy companies in Ohio produced more than 132 billion cubic feet of natural gas from July 1-Sept. 30, up from 88 billion cubic feet during the previous three-month period, figures from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show.
The 132 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the three-month period is more than was drawn in all of 2013 in Ohio.
Wells in Belmont and Monroe counties leading the state in production, state figures show. Ohio Oil and Gas Association Senior Vice President Shawn Bennett said the shale blitz is a “gift for eastern Ohio.”
“Belmont County and Monroe County have been blessed with some really good geology,” he said. “Clearly, the rigs are moving south to take advantage of it.”
Bennett refers to the drilling activity that previously was heavily concentrated in counties such as Carroll and Columbiana, but has steadily moved southward.
“Overall, the production numbers are encouraging. … You have to poke a lot of holes in the ground to find the true sweet spot,” he said.