Drilling Down

ODNR Issues 13 Permits in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Thirteen horizontal well permits were issued last week to one energy company exploring Ohio’s Utica shale for oil and gas reserves, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR reports that Ascent Resources Utica LLC, based in Oklahoma City, was awarded all of the permits approved for the week ended April 13. The company secured permits for well sites in Belmont, Harrison and Jefferson counties in the southern portion of the play.

No permits were issued to any other companies or to prospective wells in the northern Utica, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. 

As of April 13, ODNR had approved 3,059 permits for horizontal wells in Ohio’s Utica. There are 2,571 of these wells drilled and 2,179 in production, according to the latest data.

The rig count across the Utica play during the week remained unchanged from the previous week at 16.

No new permits issued in the northwestern Pennsylvania sector of the Utica, which includes Lawrence and Mercer counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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