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  • Two horizontal wells OK'd for Stark

  • Chesapeake Energy has been approved for two more Utica shale horizontal wells at sites  in eastern Stark County.

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  • Chesapeake Energy has been approved for two more Utica shale horizontal wells at sites in eastern Stark County.
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources posted new permits for Chesapeake wells in Marlboro and Paris townships. The company now has permits for 10 wells in Stark County.
    ODNR reports that drilling already has started for a Chesapeake well off Crowl Street SE and state Route 183 in Paris Township. The Marlboro Township permit is on the north side of Pontius Street NE, about one-half mile east of New Baltimore. The drilling pad was constructed several weeks ago.
    Chesapeake is leading the race to drill into the Utica shale formation that lies roughly 6,500 feet below the surface in eastern Ohio. Chesapeake and other companies are hoping to recover oil and natural gas liquids, along with dry natural gas, from the formation.
    So far ODNR has approved permits for 236 horizontal wells into the Utica formation. Companies have drilled 72 wells and 10 are now producing.
    Chesapeake has 173 permits for horizontal wells. The list includes 76 permits in Carroll County, where seven wells are in production. Chesapeake has all 35 of the permits in Columbiana County.
    Horizontal wells are drilled vertically into the ground. As the well bore nears the shale formation, the bit is curved so that it can run in a horizontal line through the rock. Companies then use a process called hydraulic fracturing — also called “fracking” — that involves forcing a slurry or water, sand and chemicals into the well. The pressure breaks the rock and releases the oil and gas.
    Chesapeake has drilled four of its 10 permitted Stark County wells, but none are in production. A well in Osnaburg Township has been fracked.
    EnerVest has finished drilling a Marlboro Township well and expects to frack the well this month. The company started last week drilling at a site north of state Route 212 in Bethlehem Township.

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