Check ODNR today and Columbiana county has some permits issued this week in Fairfield township by Atlas Noble. I know this well is already drilled. Why were new permits issued?
They are additional wells. The pad was designed for more wells.
I think it is actually a different pad. Atlas has a pad planned for south of 14 in addition to the one north of 14 just past rt 7 east of Columbiana. Check and see if the well name isn't slightly different. I will check on odnr and see what I can find. Also as Kristy mentioned each pad can have 6-12 wells on it.
FIRESTONE HOMESTEAD PAD A
Ok this is the well that has the new permits today and if you check the longitude and latitude given for them I think you will find they are the well south of 14 ... the new pad.
The existing well pad north of 14 is named FIRESTONE HOMESTEAD PAD B so it is not actually the same well as has already been drilled. Sometimes the names are quite close like this.
I agree with you James. I looked again and feel it is a different pad. I think everyone forgets though that each pad can have 6-12 or even 18 wells (Consol is working on this in Pennsylvania) and that means each well gets its own permit. I