Belmont County, OH Passes Carroll County for Most Utica Permits

Since Aubrey McClendon and Chesapeake Energy first burst on the scene to announce the Utica Shale is “the best thing to hit the state of Ohio economically since maybe the plow” and Chesapeake leased and drilled in Carroll County, OH, Carroll has been the single most Utica drilled county in the state. Activity in Carroll remains strong, but as the play has matured and drillers have experimented in other counties, the “sweet spot” for Utica drilling moved south, to places like Belmont, Monroe and Guernsey counties. The most productive Utica wells drilled are in those southern counties. So it was not all that big a surprise, but certainly noteworthy, to read that Belmont County has now passed Carroll for total number of permits issued to drill Utica wells. A “changing of the guard.” We hasten to add Carroll still has more drilled and producing Utica wells than Belmont–at this point in time. At some point that dynamic will change. Below we have the latest numbers, and a special sneak preview of MDN’s forthcoming Marcellus & Utica Shale Almanac showing a breakdown of numbers for Carroll County, still (for now) the most drilled Utica Shale county in the Buckeye State…

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