5 Permits Awarded for Utica-Point Pleasant Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Five permits for drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale were issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the week ended Sept. 14, the agency reports.

Four were granted to Ascent Resources Utica: two each in Belmont and Harrison counties. The other permit was awarded to Utica Resource Operating for a well in Guernsey County. 

No permits were awarded in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana county, nor were any granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Lawrence or Mercer counties. 

Through the end of last week, the ODNR reported 14 active rigs in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play. For horizontal drilling, 3,162 permits have been issued to date with 2,694 wells drilled.

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