Number of Utica Shale Producing Wells Increases Slightly on Latest ODNR Report

The latest weekly update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Utica shale activity is now available.  After a very slow week leading up to the 4th of July holiday, permitting picked back up a bit last week.

13 new permits were issued.  Guernsey County was the hot spot, with 4 of the permits for wells there.  Belmont and Harrison counties were each the site of 3 new permits, while Jefferson, Monroe and Trumbull counties were the locations for 1 new permit each.

After this week of activity the total permit count now stands at 1,397, poised to cross the 1,400 milestone on next week's report.  The number of wells drilled is now 953, and the total producing wells climbed a few from last week to 476.  The Utica rig count is 45.

View the report by clicking here.

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