(Source — Youngtown Vindicator) The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued two new permits for horizontal drilling for Mahoning Valley locations.
Both went to Chesapeake Exploration LLC and were done June 29.
One was for a site in Beaver Township in Mahoning County. The site is located northwest of Columbiana off West Garfield Road between Germantown and Green Beaver roads.
The second was in Columbiana County in Knox Township. It is located off Center Road between South Bandy Road and Knox School Road. The site is less than a mile east of Knox Elementary School.
ODNR has issued 12 drilling permits for Mahoning County sites. There is one site in Ellsworth Township where drilling is under way.
Two permits have been issued thus far in Trumbull County. Drilling has not started at either site, ODNR officials said.
Columbiana County is the site of the first fracked well in the Mahoning Valley. A Knox Township site has been fracked.
Fracking is the process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.
There is still no production reported at any of the 44 permitted sites within the county. In Columbiana, there are 18 well sites that have either been drilled, drilling is ongoing or the well has been completed, according to ODNR.