Permit activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, but when it comes to fracking-related issues on ballot proposals, things are getting very heated.
Last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens Counties in Ohio are filing a lawsuit again Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted. Husted allegedly invalidated ballot proposals that are related to the oil and gas drilling technique called fracking. The suit was filed on Wednesday in the Ohio Supreme Court by the residents and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
According to the AP, “They’re challenging Husted’s decision to remove from Nov. 3 ballots a series of ‘community rights county charters’ that contain bans on fracking-related infrastructure projects. Those include injection wells for disposing of wastewater created in the fracking process.”
In response to protests regarding his decision, Husted explained how each of the ballot proposals attempted to by-pass state “in a way that courts have ruled violates the Ohio Constitution.”
The filing states Husted has violated the right to initiative of the residents of the three Ohio counties.
The following information is provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and is for the week of August 16th through August 22nd.
The ODNR reported 998 horizontal wells in production, 1586 horizontal wells drilled and a total of 1997 horizontal permits. Twelve horizontal permits were issued this week, and there are 21 rigs in the Utica.
Activity in the Marcellus Shale in Ohio remains unchanged from last week’s well report. The area is still sitting at 15 wells permitted, 11 drilled, 17 wells in production and one well inactive. There are a total of 44 wells in the Ohio Marcellus Shale.