ODNR Issues 23 Permits in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 23 permits for horizontal wells in Ohio’s Utica shale for the week ended April 1 – so far this year the most in one week, the agency reports.

Antero Resources Corp. secured 10 new permits – six in Monroe County and four in Noble County – ODNR said. Ascent Resources was awarded five permits for wells in Jefferson County while Rice Drilling LLC also secured five permits for wells in Belmont County.

ODNR issued another three permits to Eclipse Resources 1 LP for new oil and gas wells in Guernsey County, according to ODNR’s weekly update.

There were 20 rigs operating in the Utica during the week, unchanged from the week before, ODNR said.

Through April 1, ODNR has issued 2,452 horizontal well permits and energy companies have drilled 1,950 wells since oil and gas exploration began in earnest in 2010. ODNR reports that 1,535 wells are in production across eastern Ohio’s Utica region.

No new permit activity was reported in the northern tier of the Utica, which encompasses Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to ODNR and its Pennsylvania counterpart, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The Pennsylvania DEP reported just one permit renewal for SWEPI LP’s Shannon 3D well in Lake Township, Mercer County.

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