Drilling Down

ODNR Issues 10 Permits in Utica-Point Pleasant Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Gas issued 10 permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica-Point Pleasant shale last week.

Half were awarded to Antero Resources Corp. for wells in Seneca Township in Noble County. Three were awarded to Equinor USA Onshore Properties Inc. for sites in Salem Township in Monroe County. And two were granted to EAP Ohio LLC for wells in the German Township, Harrison County. 

As of Oct. 5, the ODNR had issued 3,177 permits for horizontal drilling in the shale play, with 2,707 wells being drilled. Of those, 2,339 are active. 

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

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