Utica Shale Sees 15 New Permits, Jump in Rig Count

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the latest weekly report on Utica shale permitting in the state.  The numbers continue to climb.

15 new permits were issued last week.  8 of those were for wells in Belmont County, all issued to Rice Drilling.  Harrison (3), Columbiana (2) and Monroe (2) counties were the only others appearing on the latest report.

With another week in the books, the cumulative totals stand at 1,700 permits issued, 1,258 wells drilled, and 704 wells producing.  The Utica rig count, which not that long ago was consistently at about 40, has climbed to 59 on this latest update.

No new permits were issued for drilling into the Marcellus shale in Ohio last week.

Click here to view the entire Utica shale report.

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