Peter MacKenzie of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association

A report by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association said natural gas production increased 143 percent from 2012 to 2013, while oil production increased 95 percent.

About 203 billion cubic feet of natural gas was produced in Ohio last year, up from 83.4 billion cubic feet in 2012, according to the association.

And about 9.7 million barrels of oil were produced in Ohio in 2013, up from 4.9 million barrels in 2012.

Peter MacKenzie, vice president of operations for the association, said final numbers for 2013 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could be less because of bottlenecks caused by a lack of infrastructure, according to a report by Tom Knox of  Columbus Business First.

“But the wells drilled have the capacity to produce this volume,” MacKenzie said.

“MacKenzie voiced promise at the potential of the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio,” according to the Columbus Business First report.

“Ohio’s 203 billion cubic feet [of production in 2013] would still trail behind established natural-gas plays in other states. Texas, for example, produced 554.5 billion cubic feet of gas in June alone last year,” Columbus Business First said.


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