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ODNR: growth continues in Ohio's Utica Shale

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Nearly 1,000 horizontal permits issued since boom began in 2011


CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A new report from the state shows that Ohio's Utica Shale play continues to show steady growth.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 927 drilling permits have been issued and 577 horizontal wells have been drilled in the Buckeye State since the drilling boom began in 2011. However, industry reports show that Utica Shale growth (112 wells drilled) was much slower in the third quarter of 2013 than in the neighboring Marcellus Shale (562 wells drilled).
Drilling activity in Carroll County continues to dwarf that of other counties. To date, 335 horizontal permits have been issued in Carroll County - that's more than any other county in Ohio.
The ODNR reports that 139 permits have been issued in Harrison County, 64 in Noble County, 59 in Guernsey County, and 47 each in Belmont and Monroe counties.
It is uncertain whether new drilling regulations taking effect on Jan. 1 will affect the growth in Ohio's Utica Shale. The ODNR is still developing new rules for how drillers build well pads and process, store and recycle the mix of water and chemicals used to hydraulically fracture wells.

Associated Press

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