Hilcorp Secures Three Utica Permits in Columbiana County

EAP Seeks Permits for Three Wells in Columbiana County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — EAP Ohio LLC, a division of Houston-based Encino Acquisition Partners, has applied for permits to drill three new wells in Columbiana County, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The applications were filed Oct. 5 and target the Point Pleasant formation of the Utica shale play in Washington Township, ODNR data show. 

All three wells are intended for the Maskaluk well pad, according to ODNR.

EAP has stepped up its drilling program in Columbiana County. In September, the energy company received five permits from ODNR, four to deepen existing wells and another to drill a new well at the Sevek pad in Washington Township. 

In 2018, the company purchased the remaining leaseholds of Chesapeake Energy Corp. when the Oklahoma City driller sold its position in the Utica. 

Columbiana County continues to be the most active region for energy exploration companies doing business in the northern tier of the Utica-Point Pleasant play. 

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