The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas Management issued 76 new well permits from October 11 to 17—more than three times the permits reported for the previous week. Meanwhile, Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported the approval of 21 permits throughout the state.
West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection reported issuing 15 permits during the same duration.
Governors from the three states signed an agreement at the 2015 Tri-State Shale Summit last week that aims to solidify one another’s support and cooperation to further the region’s shale industry.
The five-page document outlines four areas of cooperation among the states: marketing and promotion of local businesses, energy job training for residents, oil and gas transportation infrastructure including roads and pipelines, and state-sponsored academic research to benefit the industry.
A joint statement from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said the move is “critical step toward demonstrating that out tri-state region is ready, willing and able to make downstream-related business investment a win-win for the region and for the firms—large and small—that have operations in the new global petrochemical center that is the Appalachian Basin.”
Top Pennsylvania counties for oil and gas permits:
Top permit recipients in Pennsylvania:
SWN Production Co. LLC.: 16
Rice Energy: 8
EQT Production Co.: 8
Range Resources Appalachia LLC: 8
Vantage Energy Appalachia LLC.: 7
Top Ohio counties for oil and gas permits:
Top permit recipients in Ohio:
Gulfport Energy Corp.: 5
XTO Energy Inc: 5
Antero Resources Corp.: 3
Chesapeake Exploration LLC: 3
Ascent Resources: 3