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Hilcorp Seeks Three Utica Permits in Columbiana

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. has filed permit applications to drill three new Utica shale wells in Columbiana County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Two of the wells are targeted for the Tarka farm in Fairfield Township, while the third is proposed for the Johnston pad in Elk Run Township, according to ODNR records.

ODNR received the applications on July 27, and must review and approve the permits before drilling can begin.

The two Fairfield wells – the Fairfield Tarka 4H and 9H – are planned for a site along Fairfield School Road.

The Johnston 7H well is located on Pine Hollow Road in Elk Run Township, according to ODNR. In June, Hilcorp was awarded a permit to drill its first well at the Johnston pad.

Meanwhile, ODNR reported that during the week ended July 29, it approved five new horizontal well permits, all of them in the southern sector of the oil and gas play.

Triad Hunter LLC was awarded three permits to drill wells in Noble County, while Ascent Resources Utica LLC secured two permits for wells in Jefferson County, ODNR reported.

As of July 28, ODNR has issued 2,844 permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale. The agency reports that 2,382 of these wells are drilled and 1,930 of them are in production.

The number of rigs operating in the Utica as of July 28 stood at 18, according to ODNR.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.