Utica Shale Permitting Picks Up, Rig Count Increases

After some more weeks of slow activity, permitting for the Utica shale saw an uptick in the latest weekly report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

15 new permits were issued last week by the ODNR.  Harrison County led the way, with five new permits.  All five were issued to Hess.  Belmont and Guernsey counties each saw four new permits last week.  Ascent Resources is the operator on all four wells in Guernsey County and on two of the Belmont County wells.  XTO Energy is the driller for the other two Belmont County wells.  Noble County rounds out the report, with two permits issued to Antero Resources.

After the busiest week in some time there are now 2,013 total permits issued for horizontal drilling in Ohio's Utica shale.  1,591 wells have been drilled, 1,009 are producing, and the Utica rig count increased to 22.

View the report below.

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