ODNR works to double the state’s oil and gas drilling inspector work force

As Ohio’s shale gas activity steadily ticks upward, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is charged with regulating oil and gas drilling, is working to hire and train more inspectors to “keep the expected rush of new drillings up to code,” Crain’s SHALE magazine reports. After increasing the number of inspectors from 30 at the end of 2011 to 41 going into the fourth quarter of 2012, ODNR hopes to field 80 full-time inspectors, as well as 10 or more field staff support members, by the spring, the article said.