ODNR officials discuss new and existing oil and gas drilling regulations

During a recent meeting of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber's Government Affairs Council, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Jim Zehringer discussed how existing state regulations regarding oil and gas drilling, as well as new rules being written, will "help ensure that the industry is being properly managed and monitored," The Business Journal reports (See our Dec 19, 2013, blog post – "ODNR will soon release rules to strengthen existing oil and gas drilling regulations"). To meet the needs of the growing industry, the ODNR has tripled its staff over the last three years, "including more than 50 inspectors charged with overseeing construction, development and production operations at well and pipeline installations." Richard Simmers, oil and gas division chief at the ODNR, said that the first new rules expected to be introduced this year will address well construction, followed by rules covering the construction of oilfield waste recycling centers and reporting requirements for water impoundments, the article said. Simmers said these rules will be "more comprehensive than federal regulations," the article said. For more, read the full story.