Our colleagues at Fractracker took the liberty of calculating lateral length for all laterals prior to the Outlaw and Walleye laterals coming online and the average was pretty well distributed but with a mean of 7,452. However, now these two pads between them along with the Outlaw B 3H and 5H, Outlaw C 7H, Outlaw B 5H, Purple Hayes 1H, and Law are all in excess of 17-19,000 feet.

Lateral length increases exceed by nearly 3 times the trend we had expected at this point last year and these longer laterals are using 4 times the amount of water per lateral foot.

Lateral length for all Utica laterals has been calculated and is available at the Ohio Shale Viewer


So far in Ohio, there are 1720 Utica wells that reported water usage to Fracfocus. Total water used as of this month shows 16,501,399,846 gallons. The average would be 9.6 million gallons. Very close to the Marcellus average and Ohio hasn’t been fracking in as long.