The latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows the number of horizontal wells producing oil and gas in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio has risen above 2,000, according to The Youngstown Business Journal.

As of Sept. 1, the ODNR reported 2,009 horizontal wells in production in the Utica shale. The last week of August, the agency recorded 1,957 producing wells in the Utica shale.

The ODNR also reported that it had issued 2,881 permits for horizontal wells as of Sept. 1, 2,404 of which energy companies had drilled 2,404.

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