ODNR grants drilling permit in Green Township
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has granted a drilling permit in Green Township to Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.
The permit location is on W. Middletown Road between Salem-Warren Road and Youngstown-Salem Road.
ODNR issued a vertical drilling permit, which means Chesapeake will need to acquire an additional horizontal permit if it wants to extract natural gas and oil from the Utica Shale.
The drilling is done using a process called fracking, a process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks thousands of feet below the ground.
It is the 14th issued permit for Utica Shale drilling in Mahoning County. ODNR has issued both vertical and horizontal permits at six locations, including four in Goshen Township, and one each in Milton and Ellsworth townships.
Only the Milton well has been drilled.