On July 16, 2015, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, adopted new regulations for horizontal well site construction. With the purpose of protecting public health and safety, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources strengthened the existing well pad construction standards mandated under the Ohio Administrative Code.
Under the new regulations, operators will be required to submit detailed drawings of the proposed well pads, including emergency release conveyance maps, sediment & erosion, and dust control plans along with geotechnical and stormwater hydraulic reports. A certified engineer must assist the applicant in submitting the detailed drawing. The Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management will be in charge of reviewing the application’s conformance with the regulations.
Further information on the new regulations is available at: http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/oil-gas-home/post/horizontal-well-site-construction-rules-go-into-effect.
Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow