Drilling Down

Eight Permits Awarded in Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eight new permits were issued last week for horizontal wells across the Utica shale, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Oklahoma City-based Ascent Resources received five permits to drill in the Utica. Two permits are for wells in Jefferson County, two others are targeted for Guernsey County and a single permit was issued for a well in Belmont County, according to ODNR.

The agency issued two permits to XTO Energy for wells in Belmont County, while Eclipse Resources LP secured a single permit for a well in Monroe Township.

According to ODNR, there were 18 rigs operating across the Utica during the week ended Aug. 4.

No new permits issued in the northern tier of the Utica, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

No new Utica well permits were issued to energy companies in neighboring Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.