Drilling Down

13 Well Permits Approved in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week approved 13 new permits for horizontal wells targeting the Utica shale, according to the most recent data.

Eclipse Resources secured seven new permits for wells in Belmont and Monroe counties, while Ascent Resources obtained permits for six wells in Guernsey County for the week ended Dec. 8, ODNR said.

As of Dec. 8, ODNR has issued 2,948 permits in the Utica, and energy companies have drilled a total of 2,467 wells. There were 2,088 wells in production as of that date, the agency reported.

The rig count across Ohio’s Utica stood at 17 during the week, according to ODNR.

There were no new permits issued for wells in Mahoning, Columbiana or Trumbull counties in the northern section of the Utica, according to ODNR. Most of the drilling activity has concentrated in the southern tier of the oil and gas play, where wells are the most productive.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which monitors oil and gas activity in Pennsylvania, reported no new Utica permits issued in neighboring Lawrence or Mercer counties.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.