Two weeks ago there were 27 new permits issued in Pennsylvania for shale drilling. Last week, July 20-24, there were only 3 new PA permits. Ouch. Finally, after several weeks of no shale permits in Ohio, the Buckeye State issued 8 new shale permits–all for the same well pad. In West Virginia, there were 3 new shale drilling permits (all for the same well pad) issued last week. The permits in PA were issued in Bradford, Susquehanna, and Washington counties. The OH permits were issued in Harrison County. The WV permits were issued in Wetzel County. There is no doubt drilling has greatly slowed throughout the M-U. Below are the details for each new permit issued.