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ODNR Wraps Up 2012 With 4 Additional Utica Shale Permits

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 23 through December 29, it approved 4 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, all  of which were issued to Mountaineer Keystone, LLC for operations in Portage County.  ODNR issued 14 permits for horizontal wells in Portage County in 2012.  Through December 29, the ODNR has issued 485 horizontal well permits, and 199 horizontal wells were drilled under such permits,  45 of which are in production.