ODNR Issues 15 Permits in Utica-Point Pleasant Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fifteen permits for horizontal well drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale were approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the week ended Aug. 31, the agency reports.

Ascent Resources Utica LLC was awarded nine of those permits: four in Belmont County, two in Harrison County and three in Jefferson County. EAP Ohio LLC, meanwhile, was granted two in Carroll County and three in Harrison County. And Triad Hunter LLC was awarded a single permit for activity in Monroe County. 

The ODNR also reported 12 active rigs in the state. As of Aug. 31, the agency reported 2,684 wells had been drilled in the state, with 2,266 active.

No permits were awarded for activity in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. 

Likewise, no permits were granted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency for activity in Mercer or Lawrence counties. 

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