CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- New data shows that natural gas production in Ohio jumped 28 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 - and several area counties were among the front-runners.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Monroe County was the second highest-producing county in October-through-December of last year, producing 6.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Monroe County is also home to the state's most productive individual well, belonging to Antero Resources, which produced 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The average horizontal well in Ohio yielded one-tenth that amount.
Harrison County ranked third, producing 6 billion cubic feet of gas. Belmont County came in fourth, at 5.4 billion cubic feet, while Noble and Guernsey Counties ranked fifth and sixth, producing 1.8 billion and 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, respectively.
Carroll County remained Ohio's most productive county, producing 18.8 billion cubic feet, almost 44 percent of all gas production during the last three months of 2013.
Overall, natural gas production in Ohio increased from 33.6 billion cubic feet to 43.1 billion. The number of wells reporting production also increased from 235 to 335.