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Eight New Permits Issued in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued eight new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale during the week ended April 6, according to the latest data provided by the agency. 

Ascent Resources Utica LLC secured five permits for wells in Belmont County, while Eclipse Resources was awarded three permits to drill new wells in Monroe County, ODNR reported. 

ODNR did not issue any new permits during the previous week.

As of April 6, ODNR reported there are 3,046 horizontal well permits issued in the Utica shale. Of that number, 2,568 are drilled and 2,179 wells are in production.

The rig count – the number of rigs operating across the Utica during a single day – stood at 16.

There were no new permits issued in the northern Utica during the week, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. 

And the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did not issue permits last week for Utica shale wells in neighboring Mercer and Lawrence counties in western Pennsylvania.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.