LISBON - The 70th drilling permit has been filed for Columbiana County since 2010, according to the Columbiana County Engineer's Office.
The latest drilling permit filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the Pitts property off Acker Road in Franklin Township. The applicant is Chesapeake Exploration.
This brings to nine the number of permits for Franklin Township, which is second only to adjoining Hanover Township, where 11 drilling permits have been issued.
The number of actual wells in the counties exceeds 70 since drilling sites using hydraulic fracturing can have more than one well.