Similar to a rookie phenomenon becoming even better with experience, the Utica Shale’s prolific output over the last seven years has given new life to the Midwest’s energy sector. The Utica has become so strong that it’s hard to tell if it or its “older brother,” the Marcellus Shale, is the strongest play in the Appalachian Basin.

The Utica’s strength is best represented by the growth of production out of Ohio, which is home to the majority of the play. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, gas production was up 5% to 4.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) at 2017’s midpoint. Crude production was down 17% from the previous year, but was still an impressive figure at more than 4 million barrels.

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