ODNR will soon release rules to strengthen existing oil and gas drilling regulations

Beginning later this month or early in January, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will release the first of between 15 and 20 proposed rule packages designed to strengthen existing oil and gas drilling regulations, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The plans cover technical regulations including "new spill prevention rules, requiring that well drilling pads be approved by state engineers, live tracking of trucks hauling drilling wastes and finalizing rules and permits for temporary above-ground football field-sized storage pits for fresh water or wastewater." The proposed rule packages will be released one at a time every couple of weeks. To help ensure compliance with the rules, an additional 40 staffers are expected to be hired by the Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management in 2014, the article said. For more, read the full story.