The Utica Shale is a stacked play that includes both the Utica formation and the underlying Point Pleasant formation.
The Utica Shale lies beneath New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and extends into Ontario and Quebec.
Drilling and producing from the Utica Shale began in 2006 in Quebec, focusing on an area south of the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City. In the United States, drilling and production began in Ohio in 2011.
The Utica Shale is a major source of organic-rich shale and tight gas. It is the considered the second largest shale-gas play in the United States. According to the US Geological Survey, the Utica Shale contains about 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 940 million barrels of oil and 208 million barrels of natural gas liquids.