Drilling Down

Four Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued four permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale during the week ended Sept. 22, the agency reported.

Eclipse Resources obtained three permits for horizontal wells in Monroe County, while XTO Energy secured a single permit for a new well in Belmont County, according to ODNR.

There were 18 active oil and gas rigs operating in the Utica during the week, ODNR reported.

As of Sept. 22, ODNR has issued 2,889 permits in Ohio’s Utica and 2,421 of those wells are drilled. Of that number, 2,205 wells are in production.

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

Nor were there new permits issued to energy companies in neighboring Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.