LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – After what many have seen as a slowdown in the natural gas and oil drilling industry in the area, Columbiana County has received its first application for a new drill site in three months,
The drilling site would be off Route 644 in Franklin Township.
The county has 130 permitted well with 52 currently producing minerals.
Statistics released in December revealed that oil and gas production in Ohio continues to rise, despite a slowdown locally.
Statistics released by the state Wednesday show production of oil and natural gas from shale drilling continued its steady increase in the last three months of 2014.
The figures show more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during that period. That’s up from 3 million barrels of oil and 132 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the previous quarter.
Oil production in the state has risen 200 percent and gas production 350 percent in the past two years.
The report shows 779 wells produced at least some oil or gas out of the 828 wells drilled in Ohio’s shale formations.
Carroll County in northeast Ohio continues to have the largest number of wells and produce the most oil and gas.