Drilling Down

15 Permits Awarded in the Utica Shale; Rig Count at 16

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded 15 new permits for horizontal wells across eastern Ohio’s Utica shale during the week ended Jan. 19, the agency reported.

Ascent Resources was awarded eight permits for wells in Harrison County, while Eclipse Resources secured four new permits in Guernsey County, ODNR said.

EM Energy Ohio LLC was awarded three permits for wells in Monroe County, ODNR said.

The number of rigs operating across the Utica shale stood at 16 for the week. As of Jan. 19, ODNR had issued 2,982 permits for horizontal wells, of which 2,514 are drilled and 2,137 are in production.

ODNR did not issue permits for wells in Mahoning, Columbiana, or Trumbull counties in the Utica’s northern tier. Also, no well permits were issued in neighboring Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.