Hilcorp shows renewed interest in drilling Utica shale wells

Hilcorp Energy Co. recently applied for three drilling permits for horizontal wells in Columbiana County, Ohio, marking the first interest by the company in developing new wells in the northern Utica shale play in 2017, reports the Youngstown Business Journal. The newspaper says Houston-based Hilcorp is one of the few companies still “prospecting” for oil and natural gas in the northern Utica shale area, which encompasses Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.