The Ohio Department of Natural Resources permitting report for last week shows that nine new permits were issued for Utica shale drilling, all of them for wells in Belmont County. Eight of the nine permits were for Rice Energy wells, with the remaining one going to Ascent Resources.
Meanwhile, the rig count continued its decline for the third straight week, falling to 16.
There are now 2,277 permits issued, 1,834 wells drilled, and 1,414 wells producing.
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