Utica Shale Permit Count Goes Over 950

The latest weekly update on permitting from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows that 14 new permits were issued last week for horizontal drilling in the Utica shale.

Harrison and Noble counties were the busiest spots last week, with 3 permits issued for each of them.  Carroll, Belmont, and Columbiana counties were the locations of 2 permits each, and Guernsey and Mahoning counties rounded out the report with 1 permit a piece.

The new round of permitting brings the total number of horizontal drilling permits to 953.  597 wells have now been drilled, while the number of producing wells remained at 169.  The Utica rig count is 34.

Click here to view the report.

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