Four New Permits Issued for Ohio Utica Shale Drilling Last Week

The latest weekly update on permitting in the Utica shale has been made available by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Permitting slowed again last week, dropping from 16 new permits on the previous report to only four on this latest one.  All four permits were issued to XTO Energy for wells in Belmont County.

While four new wells are listed this week, the cumulative total of permitted wells increased by only one (to 2,079).  The number of wells drilled rose by nine, to a new total of 1,644.  The number of producing wells jumped by 25, from 1,034 to 1,059.  Meanwhile, the Utica rig count dropped for the third straight week, going from 20 on the previous report to 19 on this one.

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