BP America has won approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to plug one of its producing wells in Trumbull County.
The company won approval on July 10 to plug its Jewett IH well in Johnston Township, said ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce.
Last April, the company said it was abandoning its efforts in the Utica shale and putting its 105,000 leased acres up for sale.
That was due to poor results in its Trumbull County wells in the northern section of the Utica shale.
The company announced that it was taking a $521 million write-off for the Ohio Utica shale.
In 2012, BP had spent more than $300 million to secure leases on about 84,000 acres from a landowners' group in Trumbull County.
The company was a latecomer to Ohio's Utica shale. It had drilled four exploratory wells in northern Trumbull County.
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