State Says Ohio Oil, Natural Gas Production Reaches New High

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources says the amounts of oil and natural gas being produced by Ohio shale wells continue to set records.

Statistics released by the department on Thursday show nearly 6 million barrels of oil and 245 billion cubic feet of natural gas produced during the third quarter of the year.

The department says Ohio’s horizontal shale wells have produced more oil and gas in the first nine months of this year than all of Ohio’s wells produced in 2014.

The state says oil drilling production increased 111 percent and gas drilling production by 126 percent in the first three quarters of this year compared with the first three quarters of 2014.

The report listed 1,087 wells producing oil and gas.