During the first quarter this year, natural gas production in Ohio’s Utica shale showed a 42.85 percent increase over the first quarter of 2017, according to the Farm and Dairy. Simultaneously, Utica shale oil production decreased by 3.6 percent over the same period.

Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 3,942,251 barrels of oil and 531,291,017 Mcf (531 billion cubic feet) of natural gas during the first period, according to figures released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

This year’s first quarter production also saw an increase from the final quarter of 2017, during which time, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 4,193,562 barrels of oil and 503,066,907 Mcf of natural gas.

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