Shale Development in Ohio
Together, the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions extend across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. Both are important geologic formations because they hold large reserves of natural gas, natural gas liquids and possibly oil.
Most drilling is now occurring in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. However, with almost half of Ohio sitting over the Utica shale, the state is seeing a significant increase in oil and natural gas drilling activity.
This website is a collaborative effort between state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. It is intended to be a resource for citizens, landowners, businesses, local governments and others to better understand the issues, compliance requirements and opportunities arising from the development of the state’s shale gas resources.