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Utica Shale Permitting in Ohio Continues Steady Growth in Early 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of January 6 through January 12, 2013, it approved 17 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale,  6 of which were issued to Chesapeake Exploration LLC for its operations in Carroll, Harrison and Jefferson Counties.  Through January 12, ODNR has issued 498 horizontal well permits for the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, 208 horizontal wells have been drilled under such permits, and 48 wells are in production.  Carroll County remains at the top of the list for permits issued with 179.