Drilling Down

Five New Horizontal Wells Approved for Columbiana County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved five horizontal wells in Columbiana County, according to the latest data released from the agency.

Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. secured three new permits during the week ended Aug. 25 to drill horizontal wells in Fairfield and Elk Run townships, according to ODNR. Two Fairfield wells are slated for the Tarka pad and the Elk Run well is planned for the Johnston pad, ODNR reported.

Chesapeake Exploration LLC, whose parent Chesapeake Energy Corp. last month announced a deal to sell its Utica assets for $2 billion to Encino Acquisition Partners, received two permits to drill wells in Washington Township. Those wells are targeted for the Sevek pad.

ODNR issued two additional permits to Chesapeake for wells in Jefferson County and a single permit to XTO Energy for a well in Belmont County.

As of Aug. 25, ODNR had issued 2,873 permits in the Utica shale region of eastern Ohio. There are 2,402 wells drilled in the oil and gas play and 1,957 wells in production.

The number of rigs operating in the Utica region of Ohio stood at 20 during the week, ODNR reported.

There were no new permits issued in the upper Utica section of western Pennsylvania, which includes Lawrence and Mercer counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.