The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 14, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Deer hunters can help shape the future

The Division of Wildlife and researchers from The Ohio State University are asking deer hunters to participate in a unique survey to help shape the future of deer management in the state.

The Division of Wildlife will be emailing a harvest survey to deer hunters asking them to identify locations, or the general area, where they hunted antlerless deer during the past three seasons. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and information provided will remain confidential.

In addition to harvest data, effective management of Ohio’s deer herd requires a variety of data, including measures of herd health and surveys of hunter effort. Collecting sufficient data from each of Ohio’s 88 counties is neither practical, nor necessary, and by grouping counties or portions of counties into Deer Management Units (DMUs), the Division of Wildlife will be able to make better use of current data and more efficiently collect data in the future.

Unlike county boundaries which have little biological meaning, DMUs will combine areas with similar deer population, hunter access and habitat characteristics.

The establishment of DMUs should not to be confused with harvest zones, and aside from specifying the DMU (hunters have been required to report a county) where a deer is harvested, this change will not impact an Ohio hunter’s deer hunting experience.

To learn more about the survey or Ohio’s new DMUs, please visit www.wildohio.gov.

Gas production

Ohio’s natural gas production nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 because of increasing activity in the Utica shale and continued development of midstream infrastructure. The announcement came today at the “State of the Play” event at Stark State College.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) released data for 352 horizontal shale wells that reported production in 2013. The wells drilled in the Utica and Marcellus shale produced 3.6 million barrels of oil and 100 billion cubic feet of gas. On average, Ohio’s oil and gas production increased approximately 65 percent quarter to quarter from first quarter 2013 to first quarter 2014.

“Ohio’s oil and gas industry is growing and moving our state toward energy independence,” ODNR Director James Zehringer said. “At the same time, we have updated our laws and increased our staff to provide Ohioans the proper protections as the industry continues to grow.”

ODNR projects all oil and gas wells in Ohio produced 8 million barrels of oil and 171 billion cubic feet of gas in 2013. Compared to 2012, Ohio’s total oil production increased by 62 percent and natural gas production increased by 97 percent. The percentage increase in natural gas production is the largest in Ohio history, and the total production is the fourth highest annual total in state history. ODNR also released production data for the first quarter of 2014. A total of 418 wells reported production of 1.9 million barrels of oil and 67 billion cubic feet of gas.

The production growth depends heavily on the development of the midstream infrastructure needed to transfer the resources to market. In a little more than 24 months, a new industry developed, including 11 processing facilities and miles of new pipelines. Companies have spent or have committed more than $6 billion on midstream infrastructure.

“Companies are investing billions of dollars and creating jobs for Ohioans, proving the value and importance of the Utica shale play,” JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine said.

Ohio’s regulatory agencies, including the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Commerce and ODNR have taken steps to improve their permitting and inspection processes. The agencies have made concerted efforts to implement regulations and rules that are clear, concise and protect Ohioans and the environment.

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