- Seneca successful in the Utica in PA. National Fuel Gas Co.’s Seneca Resources Corp. unit has flow-tested its first horizontal Utica shale well, in Forest County, southeast of Titusville, Pa. The well is part of the company’s program to assess the Utica as a second producing horizon underlying much of its Marcellus shale acreage in western Pennsylvania.
Seneca has drilled two horizontal and three vertical exploratory wells to the Utica. The second horizontal well, on the Mount Jewett prospect in McKean County, Pa., has three frac stages complete and the ability to complete additional stages is under evaluation, Seneca said.
Joseph F. Barone
Seneca plans two more Utica horizontal wells in Pennsylvania this fiscal year, one on the Owl’s Nest prospect in Elk County and one on the Henderson prospect in Venango and Mercer counties.
- Range Resources drilling in Washington County. Range Resources-Appalachia LLC of Cecil is applying to drill the Marcellus Shale on two properties in Robinson, Washington County.
Plans include natural gas wells on a Midway-Candor Road farm and on a Valleyview Road site owned by a resident who has challenged the township’s drilling regulations.
Township supervisors held a public hearing Nov. 20 on plans to drill up to six gas wells — with three drilled initially — on 168 acres owned by Micheale F. Parees and Robert M. Frame.