Belmont County Up to 50 Utica Shale Permits

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Still in the early stages of the Utica Shale rush, Gulfport Energy, Hess Corp., XTO Energy and Rice Energy combined to record 50 natural gas drilling permits for property in Belmont County from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Though Chesapeake Energy’s strong presence helps Carroll County lead the way in Utica Shale permitting with 339 registrations, counties such as Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe are closing the gap on the more northern counties.

One of those reasons may be the level of production Gulfport is reaching in Belmont County. Among the 19 wells companies have drilled in Belmont County, the Gulfport Irons 1-4H well along Ohio 148 near Armstrong Mills is now yielding about 30 million cubic feet of dry methane natural gas daily, according to company records.

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