Drillers in Ohio Increasingly Shifting to Southern Counties

Of Ohio’s 2013 Utica shale permits, more than 50 percent have been issued to energy companies interested in those counties, and that region is not Chesapeake’s stronghold, according to a Beacon Journal review of state data.

Harrison County leads the way with 124 permits since 2010, followed by Noble County with 62, according to information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management.

Ohio has issued 45 permits in Belmont County, 33 in Monroe County and 50 in Guernsey County.

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