Utica Shale Passes 1,400 Permits, Closes in on 500 Producing Wells
15 new permits were issued last week. The key spot was Harrison County, with 7 of the 15 issued for wells there - all to Chesapeake Energy. The other 8 permits were spread across 5 different counties: Belmont (2), Carroll (2), Guernsey (1), Jefferson (1), and Monroe (2).
With these 15 there have now been 1,410 permits issued for horizontal drilling in Ohio's Utica shale. The number of wells drilled increased to 971, and the number producing jumped to 483. The Utica rig count also increased, to 48.
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