10 New Permits for Utica Shale Drilling Issued Last Week

The latest weekly permitting update has been made available by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and activity continued for the second straight week to be busier than over the previous couple of months.

10 new permits were issued last week.  Gulfport Energy was the busiest driller, securing six permits for wells in Belmont County.  The other four permits on the report were all issued to Ascent Resources, with two for Jefferson County, one for Guernsey County, and one for Harrison County.

The report shows that there are now 2,017 permits issued for horizontal drilling in Ohio's Utica shale, along with 1,598 wells drilled and 1,014 producing.  The Utica rig count dropped back down to 21.

View the report below.

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