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10 New Permits Issued for Southern Tier of Utica

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Energy companies continue to target the southern tier of the Utica shale in eastern Ohio where oil and gas wells have proven more productive than those drilled in the north.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 10 new horizontal permits during the week ended July 11, all in the southern part of the oil and gas shale play.

Statoil USA Onshore Properties Inc. received six permits for wells in Monroe County, Antero Resources Corp. was awarded two permits for wells in Monroe and Noble counties, American Energy Utica LLC received a single permit for a well in Belmont County, and Hess Ohio Developments LLC was issued a permit for a well in Harrison County.

No new permits were issued for Mahoning, Columbiana or Trumbull counties. And, no new wells were permitted in bordering Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania’s Utica, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The rig count in the Utica in Ohio for the week stood at 19.

To date, ODNR has issued 1,974 permits in the Utica and 1,531 wells have been drilled. The agency reports that 922 of these wells are in production.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.