Drilling Down

19 Rigs Active During Last Year of 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that 19 oil and gas rigs were in operation across Ohio’s Utica shale during the week ended December 29.

The last full week of 2018 witnessed four permits for horizontal wells awarded to two energy exploration companies, according to the latest data provided by ODNR.

XTO Energy Inc. secured two permits for wells in Belmont County, while Ascent Resources LLC — today the most active driller in the Utica — was awarded two permits for wells in Jefferson County.

As of Dec. 29, 2,957 permits have been issued for new horizontal wells across Ohio’s Utica, ODNR reports. Of that number, 2,491 of those wells are drilled and 2,120 are in production.

No new permits were reported in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties.

Utica permit activity in nearby Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania was also quiet during the week, since no new permits were reported in those counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.