To date, there are 130 Utica shale wells permitted in the county since 2011. Of those, 52 wells are already producing and four are currently in the process of being drilled, according to OOGA.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved permits for more than 20 wells in the county this year alone, according to their website, oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov shale.
Three of the wells being drilled now are on property owned by Firestone Homestead LLC, with one located in the city of Columbiana. The others are located in Fairfield Township.
There are 18 wells that have been drilled but not yet producing and 56 wells permitted but not yet drilled.
Chadsey said there are Utica wells in 14 townships in the county, and according to OOGA, most are located in Franklin, Hanover and Fairfield townships.Click here to read more of that article.
On the production report for the first quarter of 2015 Columbiana County had solid production from the 51 wells with some data to report. The rate of natural gas production per day and per well in Columbiana County was the 6th-highest out of the 17 counties on the report, while oil production rates placed it 7th out of 17.
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