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Seven Drilling Permits Issued for Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Seven permits were issued to energy companies during the week ended Jan. 28 for new horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR awarded all seven permits to Canonsburg, Pa.-based Rice Drilling LLC. The wells are in Belmont County in the southern tier of […]

Utica Rig Count Inches Upward

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of oil and gas rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale increased last week, according to the most recent report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR said the number of rigs drilling in the Utica stood at 24 for the week ended Jan. 14, an increase of one […]

Utica Rig Count Unchanged, Permits Down

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in Ohio’s Utica shale remained unchanged during the week ended Jan. 7 versus the previous week, while new permits issued for new horizontal wells fell, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reports 23 rigs operated in the Utica during the week, the same as the week […]

Some Columbiana Drilling Leases Renewed, Some Not

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A survey of oil and gas leases up for renewal in 2016 across Columbiana County shows that energy companies are still interested in developing this portion of the Utica shale, but not quite as enthusiastically as they were five years ago when these leases were first signed. According to data provided through […]

Utica Rig Count Edges Upward

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale edged upward during the week ended Dec. 31 compared with the previous week, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reports there were 23 rigs in operation across the Ohio portion of the Utica last week, while 22 […]

Frack Activists Mark 5th Anniversary of 4.0 Quake

COITSVILLE, Ohio – About 10 people – including supporters of the group Frackfree America National Coalition — joined Thursday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the New Year’s Eve earthquake that they say served as a wake-up call to the dangers wastewater injection wells pose. On Dec. 31, 2011, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook the […]

ODNR Issues 12 Permits, Rig Count Unchanged

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Twelve permits for new horizontal wells were issued throughout eastern Ohio’s Utica shale during the week ended Dec. 24, while the rig count remained unchanged from the previous week at 22, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy received six permits — five […]

Utica Gas Production to Level Off Next Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in the Utica continues to trend upward, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Twenty-three rigs operated across Ohio’s Utica shale region for the week ended Dec. 10 – that’s more than at any other week all year, ODNR reported. And, five new permits […]

Utica Natural Gas Output Rose in Third Quarter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Natural gas production from horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continues to rise while oil production from the energy plant is on the decline, according to the latest production data released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR lists 1,492 active horizontal shale wells across the state — 1,464 of […]

Rig Count Stays Steady at 19 in the Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported Monday that the rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale remained unchanged at 19 during the week ended Dec. 3 versus the previous week, while permit activity increased. ODNR data show that four energy companies drilling in the Utica were awarded 13 new permits for […]

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