People want to know, "Who Says There "Ain't No" Utica Shale in Tioga County?"
Is there an official declaration by Shell or any other Oil & Gas outfit that states there in't any Utica Shale in Tioga County, PA?
Just asking is all.
I don't recall anyone saying there is none. Rather, that the Marcellus has more economic potential.
I would think that when a couple of these Blackriver/Trenton wells get drilled some more insight what value the Utica has in the area. The question is whether there is any wet gas or maybe oil. As usual, all companies will claim the leasing for such other layers is practically worthless and they would be doing us a favor to poke a hole in it to see what is there. Tioga was supposed to be marginal for Marcellus but they leased and drilled it. If things hadn't developed in Ohio so much, we'd be in high cotton. Perhaps things will reverse a bit in the future.
As I have mentioned before, I actually live in Wyoming. I get most of my information second hand. There is a lot of helicopter and sesmic activity in the Keeneyville and Middlebury area. Is this true elsewhere in the county or have things gone completely quiet in most other townships?
There is little sign of activity (water trucks) between State Line and Mansfield (Jackson, Rutland and Richmond) except for gathering lines. And, even if they did want to drill, where would they get the water?
My best understanding is as follows:
Utica shale exists beneath Tioga, Bradford, and other NEPA counties. However, our Utica is "overcooked" and not of high quality. It is not prospective like the Utica shale found to our west.
My opinion (no more than that) is that some day test drillings will go forward here into the Utica, just to be certain there is no real value. "Some day" could be quite a while into the future given the current gas glut and given how much "sure thing" Marcellus gas exists here.
The gas companies are gonna harvest first our "low hanging fruit".
Hi Mr. Walker,
Thank you for your reply and insight.
If and when you have time could you please go over to my other posting and give your thoughts on that too?
There was an article in the Wellsboro paper about 2 weeks ago I think about Shell having test wells for the Burkett layer. Or is it Burket? I have heard this from others also about that layer being tested in Tioga County. If anyone finds a good map online showing all of the layers relevant to TC including the Burkett I would love to see a link.
Shell did a well near Beechwood Lake....Sharrett Well.... I have a camp nearby and approached the site while they did a 30 day flaring. I tried to go fishing and they were tight lipped, however they said they did the Burkett formation with a well with a 4850" lateral. I asked them how it looked and they said they can not tell me anything however they were really pleased with it....They also did a Marcellus Well with a 8800' lateral from the same pad and gave me the same answer as above.
The well is completed and capped awaiting a pipeline to they can bring it online. Shell also plans on 2 more horizontials from same pad probably after they do 3D shoot.
Shell is also planning a well less then 1/2 mile from Sharrett well next year. I hope to be included in that unit..............
Good info Darrell.