Joe, It's great to get information from someone who has already been over the road.
Do smaller companies drill horizontal wells?
Sure wish I knew as much about this business as I will later on.
Yes they do. My neighbor (a different one) is an engineering assistant in Pittsburgh, or northern WV I think for a medium size company. He said look for companies that are looking to have 50-100k acres, no more or else they wont be able to ever get to your property even though they'll promise you the moon up front. These wells take a long time to drill and you need to make sure that even if they are busy they can get to your ground. Wish he had been my neighbor 4 years ago. I was feeling kind of twisted off earlier but if my experience helps you all out, maybe that's what the good man upstairs has in mind for me. Like in this picture.
Emens is, umm, eminently qualified. Look at his credentials, which include helping to write the present oil and gas law in the state, among other notable things. He is the attorney for the Mohican Basin Landowners here in the juction of Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties.
Where is Morgan County, by the way? I'm trying to get a handle on how things are spreading across the state. According to DNR information, there are Utica wells that are producing gas as far west as the Sandusky area. There is also, according to DNR records, a straight Utica well in SW Medina county and another farther south and west, I think in NW Coshocton county, but haven't looked at my map to double check that before posting here.