Drilling Down

Rig Count Stands at 21 in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Just two permits for new horizontal wells were issued to energy companies in Ohio’s Utica shale during the first week of 2018, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR reported Tuesday that Chesapeake Exploration LLC, a division of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., was awarded two permits for wells in Jefferson County during the week ended Jan. 6.

There were 21 rigs operating in the Utica as of that date, ODNR noted.

Thus far, ODNR has issued 2,736 permits for horizontal wells in the Utica. The agency said that 2,239 of these wells have been drilled and 1,787 wells are in production.

There were no new permits issued for the northern tier of the Utica, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. The northern section includes Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reported no permit activity in those counties.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.