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Gas Companies Turning Attention to Utica Shale in Marshall, Wetzel and Ohio Counties

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Oil and natural gas companies in the northern panhandle are now turning their focus to Utica Shale.

The Utica Shale underlies the Marcellus shale in much of Marshall, Wetzel and Ohio counties.

Gastar Exploration is drilling an exploratory well in both the Utica and Point Pleasant formations in Marshall County, while Stone Energy Corp., which operates mostly in Wetzel County, plans to drill a Utica exploratory well next month.

Fossil Creek of Ohio also is exploring the Utica Shale in the northern panhandle.