Seven Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that it awarded seven new permits for horizontal oil and gas wells in the Utica shale region last week.

According to ODNR, six permits were issued to Rice Drilling LLC for wells in Belmont County in the southeastern portion of the state. A single permit was awarded to Gulfport Energy Corp. for a new well in Harrison County.

As of Jan. 12, ODNR has issued 2,976 permits across the Utica. The agency reports that 2,505 of these wells are drilled and 2,128 were in production.

ODNR reported that there were 18 rigs operating in the Utica as of Jan. 12.

There were no new permits issued in the northern tier of Ohio’s Utica, which includes Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties. Nor were there new Utica permits awarded in neighboring Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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