ODNR Issues 21 New Permits in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 21 new horizontal drilling permits last week to six companies exploring for oil and gas in the Utica shale, the agency reports.

As of Oct. 17, 2,047 horizontal permits have been issued in the Utica, 1,614 wells have been drilled, and 1,022 are in production, ODNR said.

Gulfport Energy Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. each received five permits while Ascent Resources received three permits to drill in Belmont County.

Chesapeake Exploration LLC was awarded three permits for wells in Carroll County, Antero Resources secured three permits for wells in Monroe County, and Triad Hunter LLC received two permits to drill wells in Noble County.

The Ohio Utica’s rig count stood at 21, ODNR reported, down from 24 the previous week.

No new permits were issued for wells in Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties last week.

Nor were any new Utica permits issued for wells in nearby Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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