Drilling Down

Eight Permits Awarded in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week issued eight new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale, the agency reports.

All eight permits were awarded to Oklahoma City-based Ascent Resources during the week ended Dec. 30, according to ODNR. Five of the wells are located in Guernsey County, while three of the wells are intended for Jefferson County, the agency reported.

The rig count, that is the number of drilling rigs active on Dec. 30, stood at 23, ODNR reported.

To date, ODNR has issued 2,734 permits in the Utica, and 2,236 of those wells are drilled. As of last week, the Utica reported there were 1,787 wells producing across the shale play.

There were no new permits issued for the northern portion of the Utica, which encompasses Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Nor were there new permits issued for Utica wells in Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.