The Akron Beacon Journal has an interesting article on the potential for Ohio's E&P industry:  "A state official estimated Tuesday that as much as 5 billion barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas could be underground in eastern Ohio. *** The oil and natural gas is in the Utica shale that is 100 to 300 feet thick under the eastern half of the state, said Lawrence Wickstrom, state geologist and head of the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Geological Survey.  *** And this, he said, is 'a very conservative estimate' of the Utica potential. No dollar figure was attached to the numbers, but others have said the Utica shale will produce tens of billions of dollars in Ohio."

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