Ohio's Utica Shale Passes Another Milestone: 2,000 Permits Now Issued

The latest weekly update on Utica shale permitting in Ohio has been made available by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and just a week after going over 1,000 wells producing the play has passed another milestone number.

During the week ending August 29 permitting came to a standstill, with no permits issued for the first week in some time.  Last week activity resumed, although with six new permits issued it remains slow compared to the consistently active reports that were so common up until late last year.  Three permits were issued last week to Hess for wells in Harrison County, which continues to be the most active spot for new permitting during this slowed down period.  The three other permits on this report went to PDC Energy for wells in Washington County, where there are now 21 permits issued in total.

With these six new permits there are now 2,002 total permits issued for horizontal drilling in the Utica shale in Ohio.  There are now 1,588 wells drilled and the total number producing is still at 1,004.  The Utica rig count remains at 21.

View the actual report below.

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