8 Drilling Permits Awarded by ODNR

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded eight permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale for the week ended Oct. 26. 

Five permits were granted to Ascent Resources Utica LLC for two wells in Belmont County and three in Jefferson County. Meanwhile, Eclipse Resources LLC was granted three permits for activity in Monroe County.

No permits were awarded in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties, the state agency reported. Across the state line, no permits were issued for drilling in Lawrence or Mercer counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

As of Oct. 26, ODNR reports 3,192 permits awarded for drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play with 2,714 wells drilled. Of those, 2,345 are active.

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