The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently approved five horizontal wells in Columbiana County, according to the Youngstown Business Journal.

Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. was granted three new permits to drill horizontal wells in Fairfield and Elk Run townships, according to the latest data released by the ODNR. Two Fairfield wells are slated for the Tarka pad and the Elk Run well is planned for the Johnston pad.

Chesapeake Exploration LLC, whose parent Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced last month a deal to sell its Utica assets for $2 billion to Encino Acquisition Partners, received two permits to drill wells in Washington Township. They are targeted for the Sevek pad.

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