Ohio Energy for Ohioans

Ohio Oil & Gas Activity

Each year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) compiles a report on oil and gas activities in Ohio. This is a summary of this report for the year 2012.

New Well Depth Record

In 2012, several new County drilling depth records were established:

The deepest well drilled in the state of Ohio is in Belmont county, drilled in 2010 to a depth of 13,727 feet. 

The longest horizontal well in the state was drilled in 2012 in Jefferson County, 16,664 feet.

Top Ten Counties for Drilling Activity

2012 Rank County Wells Drilled 2011 Rank Average Depth Estimated Footage Drilled
1 Carroll 87 12 13,541 1,178,078
2 Noble 49 43 5,824 285,376
3 Licking 42 6 2,709 113,757
4 Knox 40 1 3,042 121,675
5 Stark 36 1 6,342 228,312
6 Monroe 31 12 4,677 144,987
7 Columbiana 30 35 13,005 390,147
8 Harrison 22 31 13,906 305,933
9 Coshocton 18 4 4,299 77,382
10 Guernsey 18 8 4,733 85,194