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Devon Energy intends to sell Wayne County’s lone Utica Shale well

Wayne County’s lone Utica Shale well is up for sale.

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Co. intends to sell the horizontal well near Apple Creek in East Union Township, company spokeswoman Jillian Mershon said in a note to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last month.

She said the company also intends to sell a well in Guernsey County.

Devon “believes these [two] wells have future utility,” Mershon wrote in early January. The company is “in the process of selling these wells and believes these wells may have future production value.”

No additional details were disclosed.

Devon recently filed a request with the state to classify the Wayne and Guernsey wells as temporarily inactive. Both wells had been listed by ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management as producing, although little production had been recorded.

ODNR approved the company’s request for inactive status on the two wells Jan. 27. Those new permits are valid for one year.

The so-called Hershberger 1H well in Wayne County was drilled to a depth of 10,600 feet in 2012, but it has never gone into full production, according to ODNR records.

The well was in production for 50 days in late 2012 but produced zero natural gas or oil, ODNR records show. Quarterly reports to ODNR in 2013 and 2014 show no production.

The Guernsey well is the Chumney Family Trust 1H well in Center Township. It was drilled in September 2012 and showed zero production in the last quarterly report for July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Devon had acquired leases west of other drilling companies in Medina, Wayne, Holmes, Ashland, Knox and Guernsey counties. It reported that it was disappointed in Ohio’s Utica Shale because it was not producing the volumes of oil that the energy company had been expecting.

In late 2012, Devon plugged wells in Medina County’s Harrisville Township near Lodi and in Ashland County.

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This article was written by BOB DOWNING from The Akron Beacon Journal and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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