New law prioritizes identifying and plugging abandoned oil and gas wells

On June 29, 2018, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill aimed at identifying and plugging abandoned oil and gas wells throughout Ohio. The bill, H.B. 225, mandates that the Ohio Division of Natural Resources' chief of the division of oil and gas resources management spend “not less than thirty percent of the revenue credited to the oil and gas well fund” to plug wells where a “known responsible owner” cannot be identified. The new law also requires the chief to submit written reports concerning the status of efforts to identify and plug abandoned oil and gas wells.

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