The Utica Shale is more than 7,000 feet below ground and is located under the Marcellus Shale. It is estimated to hold more than 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 5.5 billion barrels of oil according to the Ohio Geological Survey. The shale formation stretches across portions of Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and parts of Ontario, Canada. The shale rock ranges in thickness from less than 100 feet to 500 feet.
Much of the early exploration in the Utica Shale is occurring in Eastern Ohio where the shale is closest to the surface at 3,000 feet, but is expected to expand to other states.
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While still in the early stages of development, the Utica Shale has already started to have a tremendous economic impact in Ohio.