Cabot Oil & Gas is planning to drill test wells in Ashland and surrounding counties in north-central Ohio, according to the Canton Repository.

The company is searching for oil and natural gas and oil a hundred miles northwest of the Utica Shale play’s core in eastern Ohio.

The company has filed paperwork with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for two well pads in Ashland County, and plans to drill up to five test wells in an area that includes parts of Richland, Knox, Wayne and Holmes counties. During the early days of Utica exploration, Devon Energy drilled a few wells in the area Cabot is targeting but moved on.

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