The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has, through March 16, approved 575 Utica shale permits in eastern Ohio.

Of that total, 272 wells have been completed and 77 are in production.

A total of 34 drilling rigs are working in Ohio.

A total of eight permits were approved in the last week: three in Carroll County, one in Columbiana County, three in Harrison County and one in Washington County.

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