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Media Alert: WVU releasing data on potential of Utica Shale

Workshop is Tuesday in Canonsburg, Pa.

CANONSBURG, Pa. — West Virginia University is conducting a workshop on Tuesday that will include the first public release of geological data on oil and gas potential of Utica.

 The Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium at West Virginia University will present the Utica Shale Play Book Study Workshop, a day-long workshop about the first public release of a two-year geological study of the Utica play in the Appalachian Basin.

WHEN: July 14, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317

WHO: The workshop is sponsored by the WVU Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and Environmentally Friendly Drilling Exploration and Production.

Dr. Doug Patchen, a well-known expert on the Appalachian Basin and co-editor and co-author of the study, will be available for media interviews at the workshop at noon.

The media contact is Tracy Novak; National Research Center for Coal and Energy
304.293.6928; [email protected]

BACKGROUND: The Utica Shale Play Book Study Workshop will highlight research results that give comprehensive data about the oil and gas resource potential of the Utica play. The data provide evidence that the Utica play may be the next big Appalachian shale gas producer.

The Utica Play Book was produced by the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium. The consortium is a partnership of 15 industry members, four state geological surveys, two universities, one consulting company, and one national lab, spearheaded by consortium director Doug Patchen.

At the workshop, research team members will present the contents of the Utica Play Book, including the stratigraphy, petrology, reservoirs, areal distribution and estimates of oil and gas resources of the play, which spans West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and New York.

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