The first of two planned permit applications for additional oil-and-gas wells to be drilled in or near Athens County has been filed by local developer James Brent Hayes.
Records of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show that last Friday, Hayes filed an application for a new well to be drilled into the Utica-Pt. Pleasant shale bed at a site near River Road in Rome Township.
The well site is reportedly within about 1,500 feet of a well for which Hayes and his business partner, Randy Wolfe of R. Wolfe Oil & Gas, have already gotten a permit, and for which they have done preliminary site work.
Read the rest of the article here.Hayes told The Athens NEWS in mid-August that he and Wolfe were hoping to begin drilling on the first well around October or November.
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