ODNR: Eleven more shale drilling permits have been issued since January 23, according to the latest figures released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That brings the total number of permits issued since December 2009 to 2,129, ODNR reported.
In all, 1,673 Utica wells have been drilled since December 2009 - including two more since the ODNR's last report in January. The agency reports that 1,147 of those wells are in production. The agency singled out Carroll County as being first in terms of the number of permits issued at 500 permits. Harrison County, ODNR said, places second with 381 permits, followed by Belmont County with 317.