I talked to a guy on a plane last week Wednesday, he works for an oil services company focusing on the shale oil plays. He was on his way to PA and OH to visit the Utica site. He said that I would not believe the number of holes being drilled. I wish I had more time to talk to him, I would have loved to get more information but it sounded positive to me for the Utica.
The following is public information on the website of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
927 issued horizontal permits so far, 577 horizontal wells drilled, 164 horizontal wells producing and 30 horizontal rigs currently working
Hey, whatever man. I don't talk to people on planes, talked to him the last few minutes after we landed when he asked me what I did for a living. Just sharing what I heard, discount it if you like, doesn't matter to me.