CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Southeastern Ohio continues to lead the state in new shale drilling permits, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The latest report from the ODNR's Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management indicates that Noble County led the state in permitting over the past two weeks, with 15 new permits issued. That brings Noble County's permit total to 108. Monroe County saw an increase of eight permits in the last two weeks, for a total of 89. And Belmont County's total rose by one, to 105.
Belmont, Monroe, and Noble counties are currently home to the three best-producing natural gas wells in Ohio.
Guernsey County also saw an increase of four permits, to 104.
Carroll County continues to lead the state in the total number of horizontal drilling permits, with 406. Harrison County is second, with Columbiana County third.
The ODNR has issued a total of 1,283 permits for drilling in Ohio's Utica Shale since December 2009. A total of 879 wells have been drilled in the same period, with 467 wells in production.