Drilling Down

Six Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six permits to energy companies exploring oil and gas reserves in the Utica shale play for the week ended Sept. 15, the agency reported.

Four permits were issued to Ascent Resources LLC to drill horizontal wells in Jefferson County, while Utica Resources Operating LLC received two permits for wells in Guernsey County.

There were 18 rigs operating in the Utica as of Sept. 15, according to ODNR.

As of that date, ODNR had issued 2,890 permits for wells in the shale play, which encompasses most of eastern Ohio. Of that number, 2,414 wells have been drilled and 2,022 of those wells are in production.

There were no new permits issued in the northern Utica, which encompasses Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties. Nor were there new permits issued to companies exploring the Utica in neighboring Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.