The new seismic program, Firestone 3D, is designed to illuminate the Utica Shale play in northeast Ohio.

The Utica Shale is a geologic formation located a few thousand feet below the Marcellus Shale that is characterized by a western oil phase, a central wet gas and an eastern dry gas phase.

The new seismic survey is located over the wet gas/liquids rich portion of the Utica Shale, TGS siad.

Tidelands Geophysical Services is expected to begin acquisition on the project in the first quarter of 2012.

TGS provides multi-client geoscience data and services to oil and gas exploration and production companies worldwide.