Rig Count in Utica Play Continues Slide

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continues to fall, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Through the week ended Nov. 14, ODNR reports 19 rigs were operating in the Utica compared to 20 a week earlier.

Just four new horizontal well permits were issued during the week, ODNR reports. All were for wells in Belmont County and awarded to XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil.

To date, 1,644 wells have been drilled in the Ohio section of the Utica and 1,059 wells are in production.

No new permits were issued for Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties during the week ended Nov. 14.

Nor were any new permits awarded for wells in Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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