18 New Utica Shale Permits Issued Last Week; Producing Wells Increase by 22

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released the latest weekly permitting update for the Utica shale, and activity saw an uptick from the previous week.

18 new permits were issued last week.  15 of those were divided evenly across three of the most active counties in the play: Carroll, Harrison, and Monroe counties each saw five new permits.  All 10 of the permits in Carroll and Harrison were issued to Chesapeake, while CNX obtained the five in Monroe.  Of the remaining three permits, two were issued to Gulfport for wells in Belmont County and one to Hilcorp in Columbiana County.

With this latest round of permitting there are now over 1,800 permits issued for horizontal drilling in Ohio's Utica shale - 1,814, to be exact.  The number of wells drilled increased to 1,356, and the number of producing wells rose from 740 on the last report to 762 this week.  The Utica rig count also climbed by one to 39.

Here is the report:

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