Drilling Down

Eight More Well Permits for Southern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued eight new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale for the week ended April 15, while the rig count stood at 19.

Seven of the wells are permitted for Jefferson County, while a single well is slated for Harrison County, ODNR reported.

Chesapeake Exploration LLC received five permits, one in Harrison County and four in Jefferson County. Ascent Resources Utica LLC was awarded three permits in Jefferson, according to ODNR.

No permits were issued in the northern section of the Utica, which encompasses Mahoning, Columbiana, and Trumbull counties in Ohio, according to ODNR. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also shows no permits were awarded for wells in Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania.

As of April 15, 2,469 permits have been issued in Ohio’s Utica, 1,964 wells have been drilled, and 1,540 wells are in production, according to ODNR.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.