Drilling Down

ODNR Issues 2 Well Permits in Columbiana County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week awarded five new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale – two of which are targeted for Columbiana County.

ODNR approved permits March 18 for Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. to drill two horizontal wells at the Auer well pad in Elk Run Township, according to records.

There were no new permits issued for Mahoning and Trumbull counties in the northern tier of the Utica shale.

EAP Ohio LLC secured three permits to drill new wells in Jefferson County, in the southeastern tier of the play, ODNR reported.

As of March 23, the state had issued 3,042 permits across Ohio’s Utica shale. Of these, 2,554 wells have been drilled and 2,167 of these wells are in production.

ODNR reported there were 15 rigs operating in the Utica shale during the week ended March 23.

There were no new permits issued in the Utica for Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.