Columbiana County, OH Utica Shale Drilling Expands Again

Columbiana County, OH received four new drilling permits last week from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Three of the permits went to Chesapeake Energy. So far, Columbiana County has received permits to drill 32 horizontal wells in the Utica Shale.

Chesapeake was issued a horizontal drilling permit on May 2 at the Altenhof farm, located in Hanover Township in Columbiana County, ODNR reported.

To date, 32 horizontal drilling permits to explore the Utica shale play have been issued in Columbiana County, all of them to Chesapeake.

The company is the single-largest leaseholder with 1.3 million acres in the Utica, which encompasses most of eastern Ohio.*

*Youngstown (OH) The Business Journal (May 10, 2012) – New Drilling Permit for Columbiana County