Chesapeake Gets New Well Permit for Columbiana
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources approved a new horizontal well permit for Columbiana County last week, while another well is slated for Mercer County in western Pennsylvania, records show.
Chesapeake Exploration LLC, a division of Chesapeake Energy Corp., was awarded a new permit March 7 for the Briceland Trust property in Franklin Township, ODNR reported.
The well, the Briceland Trust 24-14-4-5H, is the 66th well permitted in Columbiana County that targets drilling in eastern Ohio's Utica shale.
A new horizontal well is also targeted for Mercer County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Hilcorp Energy Corp., based in Houston, was awarded a new permit to drill a horizontal well on the McCulloch property March 4 in Delaware Township, according to records.
There were no new permits filed for new wells in Lawrence County, Pa.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a total of 18 Utica permits last week; 12 of which went to Chesapeake, the most aggressive oil and gas developer in the Utica shale.
The company was awarded last week 10 permits to drill new wells in Carroll County, ODNR reported, seven of them in Loudon Township. The remaining three permits are for prospective wells in Perry, Union and East townships.
Chesapeake also received a permit for a new horizontal well in Harrison County in Rumley Township, according to ODNR records.
Gulfport Energy Corp., which has found productive wells in the southern portion of the Utica play, was awarded new drilling permits for two wells in Belmont County on the Inherst property in Somerset Township, records show.
Hess Ohio Resources LLC, Antero Resources Appalachian Corp., XTO Energy Inc. and CNX Gas Co. LLC all received single well permits from ODNR last week.
There were no new well permits filed for companies drilling in Mahoning or Trumbull counties.
As of March 9, ODNR reports that 567 new horizontal wells are permitted in the Utica, 268 of them are drilled, and 76 of these wells are producing.
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