According to the latest statistics from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, few new permits have been issued this month in the three counties with the greatest number of permits. Carroll County remains first with 421 permits, followed by Harrison County with 243.
Belmont County, which comes in third place with 127 permits, has seen an increase of only three permits in July, compared to 21 in June.
Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth Ohio said that, especially when the July 4th holiday is considered, there is no need for concern:
Elsewhere in our listening area, Guernsey County has 123 permits, Noble County has 111, and Monroe County has 103.
Since December 2009, the ODNR has issued a total of 1,386 permits for drilling in the Utica shale in Ohio. A total of 942 wells have been drilled, 472 of which are in production.
For a complete look at drilling activity in Ohio's Utica Shale, visit the ODNR's Division of Natural Resources website.