Gas company eyes Utica Shale in NY

With all of the focus on the vast natural gas reserve that is the Marcellus Shale, a company has applied for a permit to drill into the Utica Shale, a rock layer that expands past the Marcellus and covers even more of New York state.

Norse Energy, a Norwegian company whose U.S. headquarters are in the Buffalo area, has applied for a horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing permit in Chenango County, hoping to tap into the Utica, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin and various other reports.

The permit application targeting the Utica is the first of its kind in New York, and may bring the debate over hydrofracking—the controversial gas stimulation technique—to more parts of the state. Here’s a map of New York’s portion of the Utica formation.

“Our experts believe that New York’s Utica has even more potential than the Marcellus and that it could rival what’s being experienced right now in Pennsylvania with the Marcellus,” Norse Executive Vice President Dennis Holbrook told the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Steve Reilly.

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