Ohio Utica Rig Count Bumps Up to 24

Six Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Six permits for new horizontal wells were issued in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale last week, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR awarded permits during the week ended April 14 to Ascent Resources Utica LLC for four wells in Jefferson County, while Gulfport Energy secured two permits to drill two wells in Belmont County.

As of April 14, there are 2,804 permits issued in the Utica, 2,319 wells drilled, and 1,883 wells in production across Ohio’s oil and gas play.

Twenty-three rigs were operating in Ohio’s Utica during the week, ODNR reported.

There were no new permits issued in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties for the week, ODNR said.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, no new permits for horizontal wells were issued in neighboring Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania.

A single renewal permit for a vertical well was issued to SWEPI LP, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, for a site in Mercer County, according to DEP data.

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