The Utica Shale made its first ever appearance on the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report on August 12, 2014. The Report first debuted on October 22, 2013, and detailed various elements of six major plays, including production rates, rig counts and decline rates on legacy wells. The Utica is the first play to be added to the list, joining the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Niobrara and Permian.

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The EIA reports Utica exploitation began in Ohio in 2012 but has now extended to We...

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