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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 […]


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