ODNR Awards 9 Permits for Utica Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Nine permits for drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play were awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the week ended Nov. 23.

Seven of those permits were awarded to Ascent Resources Utica LLC. Four were for wells in Noble County’s Marion Township while three were in Wheeling Township in Belmont County. 

Two permits were also granted to Gulfport Appalachia LLC for wells in Pultney Township in Belmont County.

No permits were granted in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. Nor were any permits awarded in Lawrence or Mercer counties in Pennsylvania, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Through Nov. 23, ODNR had issued 3,206 permits for horizontal drilling the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play, with 2,734 wells drilled. There are 2,366 producing wells in the state.

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