Inspector General: ODNR needs to improve tracking payments for oil and gas well applications

A new report from Ohio’s Office of the Inspector General says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) needs to do a better job of tracking payments from applications to drill or modify oil and natural gas wells, according to the Canton Repository. The newspaper says the Inspector General’s office, which began investigating ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management in June 2015, found “no reasonable cause to believe a wrongful act or omission occurred,” but recommended changes in how the division operates. Findings in the investigation include potential overpayments of $13,150 and underpayments of $9,750 by well-permit applicants. For more, read the full story.