Belmont County leads Ohio in Utica shale permits issued

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SALEM, Ohio — One county stood out when it comes to the number of Utica shale permits issued during the month of November.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported there were 26 permits issued in Belmont County.

Belmont County

In York Township, the ODNR issued five permits for drilling on the same property to Gulfport Energy Corporation.

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Gulfport Energy Corporation was also issued five permits drilling in Somerset Township.

The driller Rice Drilling was also issued five permits for drilling on the same property in York Township.

And the driller XTO Energy Inc. was issued four permits in Mead Township, two permits in Richland Township and one in Washington Township.

Single permits were also issued to Ascent Resources Utica LLC for drilling in Wheeling and Richland townships.

As of the end of November, there are 297 total permits issued for Belmont County, and 102 of them are either drilled or are in some drilling phase. The ODNR is reporting there are 120 producing wells in Belmont County.

Jefferson County

In Smithfield Township in Jefferson County, the ODNR issued three new permits. The permits were issued to Ascent Resources Utica LLC.

In Jefferson County, there are 30 wells in some drilling phase, and 14 wells are reported producing.

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Columbiana County

The ODNR issued two new permits for drilling in Columbiana County.

Two permits were issued for a well site in Franklin Township to Chesapeake Exploration.

The ODNR report shows there are 132 total permits issued in Columbiana County. According to the statistics, 14 wells are in some drilling phase and 60 are producing.

Monroe County

The ODNR issued two permits in Monroe County. One permit was issued in Seneca Township to Antero Resources Corporation and the other was issued in Salem Township to Statoil USA Onshore Property Inc.

According to the ODNR, there are 217 permits issued for wells in Monroe County. So far, 102 are in some drilling phase and 81 wells are producing.

Noble County

In Noble County, two permits were issued by the ODNR. One was issued in Seneca Township to PDC Energy Inc. and the other in Beaver Township to Antero Resources Corporation.

In Noble County, the ODNR reported there are 182 permits issued there. So far, there are 101 wells producing, and 35 wells remain reported as drilled.

Carroll County

A single permit was issued in Carroll County during the month of November.

The ODNR issued the permit to RE Gas Development for a well site in Washington Township.

In Carroll County, the ODNR is reporting 496 permits as having been issued since the shale boom began in 2011. There are 392 producing wells as of Nov. 28, and 50 wells are reported as having been drilled or in some drilling phase.

So far the ODNR has issued 2.087 permits in the Utica shale development. The report as of Nov. 28 states that 1,648 wells have been drilled. The ODNR reports there are 18 rigs still operating in the Utica shale.

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Marcellus shale

The ODNR didn’t issue any permits in the Marcellus shale during November. There are a total of 44 permits issued and 29 wells that have been drilled.

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection issued a total of 177 permits during the month of November.

The DEP has issued a total of 1,909 permits in 2015.

The counties issued the greatest number of permits were Greene and Washington counties.

In Greene County, the DEP issued 42 permits, and 14 shale wells were drilled in November. So far this year, the DEP has issued 307 permits. According to the latest data, there are 677 producing wells in Greene County.

Washington County

The DEP reported there were 43 permits issued  and 17 wells were drilled during the month. So far this year, the DEP has issued 305 permits. The DEP has reported there are 1,022 wells producing in Washington County.

Butler County

The shale activity appears to be moving along in Butler County. The DEP issued 13 permits in November and three permits were drilled. According to the DEP, there are 133 permits issued in 2015. There are 297 wells producing in Butler County.

Beaver County

In Beaver County, the DEP issued eight permits in November and reported no new wells drilled. So far this year, the DEP reported 46 wells have been drilled and 29 wells are reported in production.

Lawrence County

A single permit was issued in November by the DEP in Lawrence County and reported no new wells drilled. According to the DEP, 39 wells permits have been issued so far this year, and the latest production report shows 47 wells are producing.

Bradford County

A definite slow down was reported in Bradford County where the shale boom began. The DEP reported five permits issued in November and the drilling reported showed new wells drilled. In 2015, the DEP reported there were 217 permits issued and 955 wells are reported in production.

West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued permits in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Tyler counties.

Tyler County

Drilling continues to move forward in Tyler County with both Marcellus shale and Utica shale permits issued there.

There were six permits issued for Marcellus shale wells to be drilled. Five of the permits were issued to the Antero Resources Corporation and one single permit was issued to the Jay-Bee Oil and Gas driller.

One permit was issued for a Utica shale well. The Utica shale well is going to be drilled by the Jay-Bee Oil and Gas driller and will be on the same well pad as the Marcellus shale well, according to the data in the report.

In Brooke County, the DEP issued eight permits in the Marcellus shale. The permits were split between two landowners, but all of the permits were issued to the SWN Production Co.

Ohio County

The DEP issued three permits in Ohio County to the SWN Production Co. for wells to be drilled on the same piece of property.

Two permits

In Marshall County, the DEP issued two permits for new wells. The permits were issued to the SWN Production Co. for drilling on the same piece of property.

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