Utica Shale Permitting Speeds Up, Rig Count Holds Steady

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the weekly update on permitting in the Utica shale, and for the third straight week activity remained relatively brisk.

18 new permits were issued for horizontal drilling last week, divided among four different counties.  Monroe County led the way, with six new permits.  Two of those were issued to CNX Gas, while the other four went to EM Energy.  Belmont County was the spot for five new permits (three to Rice Drilling, one to XTO Energy, and one to Gulfport Energy).  Four permits went to Chesapeake Exploration in Carroll County.  The remaining three permits were all issued to Ascent Resources for wells in Guernsey County.

This activity brings the cumulative total of permits currently issued to 2,028.  There have now been 1,606 wells drilled, and 1,018 are producing.  The Utica rig count remained the same as it was last week, at 21.

View the report in its entirety below.

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