It’s football season again, and similar to a quarterback gaining enough trust in a receiver that he gives him a hot read to “go long,” the Appalachian Basin has become even better with experience as the Utica Shale’s prolific output over the last seven years has given new life to the Midwest’s energy sector.

The Utica has become so strong that it’s hard to tell if it or its older brother, the Marcellus Shale, is the strongest play in the Appalachian Basin.