Numbers Show That Utica Shale Focus is Shifting South

From Columbus Business First:
The southern end of Ohio’s Utica shale play is heating up with some counties there showing big gains in the number of drilling permits filed by companies looking for oil and natural gas.
That became clear to me when I compareddrilling permit activity from July 2012 to what had been filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as of Oct. 19.
The October numbers, compiled for me byAmerican Petroleum Institute-Ohio, showed the totals were anywhere from four to six times higher in Guernsey, Noble, Harrison and Belmont counties than in July 2012. For example, Belmont County grew from seven permits to 48 over that 15-month period, while Harrison soared from 24 to 139.
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