Eight Permits Issued for Utica/Point Pleasant Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued eight permits for horizontal well drilling in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale play for the week ended Aug. 24, the agency reports.

Ascent Utica Resources was granted four permits in Jefferson County, while EAP Ohio LLC was awarded three permits for wells in Harrison County. XTO Energy LLC was granted one permit in Belmont County.

The ODNR reported 16 rigs in operation across the state.

As of Aug. 24, the agency has awarded 3,148 drilling permits for the Utica/Point Pleasant shale play, the most lucrative area for natural gas production in the state. Of those permits, 2,678 wells had been drilled and 2,240 were in production.

No permits were issued in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties, nor were any issued by the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency in Lawrence or Mercer counties.

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