Drilling Down

ODNR Awards Three Drilling Permits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Deparment of Natural Resources last week awarded three permits for drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale play.

All three permits were awarded to Ascent Resources Utica LLC for wells in Belmont County.

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

As of Feb. 29, Ohio had awarded 3,200 permits for horizontal drilling in the shale play, with 2,724 wells drilled. There are 2,451 active wells in the state.

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