County sees first drilling permits in eight months

LISBON — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently issued four new permits for horizontal wells to be drilled at existing drilling sites in Columbiana County.

Last month, Hilcorp Energy obtained to permits to drill two new wells at its Johnston pad off Riffle and Pine Hollow roads in Elkrun Township.

Last week, Hilcorp obtained permits to drill two wells at the Auer pad off Churchill Road, also in Elkrun Township.

These represent the first permits issued for the county since last August.

There are 89 separate drilling sites in the county.

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