Drilling Down

Eight Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week issued eight new permits to oil and gas companies exploring the Utica shale, the agency reported.

Two companies – Eclipse Resources and Chesapeake Exploration LLC – each received four permits for new horizontal wells for the week ended Nov. 3, ODNR said. Eclipse was awarded permits for new wells in Guernsey County and Chesapeake received permits for wells in Harrison County.

As of Nov. 3, ODNR reports that it has issued 2,913 horizontal well permits in the Utica and 2,446 of those wells are drilled. There are 2,072 horizontal wells in production across Ohio’s Utica, the agency said.

The number of oil and gas rigs operating in the Utica on Nov. 3 stood at 17, ODNR reported.

There were no permits issued for wells in Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull counties in the northern section of the Utica, according to ODNR.

There were no new permits issued in nearby Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.