ODNR Focuses on Shale Development in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Mineral Resources Management launched an enhanced oil and gas Web page that focuses on shale development. A topic vital to the economic rebirth of the Mahoning Valley.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

Potential Marcellus Shale (Light Blue Area). Potential Utica Shale (Dark Blue Area)

“It is important for Ohioans to know that ODNR’s Division of Mineral Resources Management is well prepared, from both a technical and regulatory standpoint, to meet the challenges of increased oil and gas drilling,” said J. Michael Biddison, ODNR Deputy Director of Resource Conservation. “This department is committed to helping Ohioans understand all aspects of shale development.”

The department’s Shale Development Web page features topics related to exploration in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with fact sheets on hydraulic fracturing, drilling wastewater and well site safety. The Web page is regularly updated and new fact sheets, such as shale geology and deep injection well disposal, are planned.

Visitors to the site can also view several relevant reports including the recently released positive review regarding Ohio’s drilling regulations as they pertain to shale development. The report by the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) was compiled by an independent review team.

“The STRONGER report underscores our own confidence that responsible shale development can benefit the state while minimizing and mitigating the impacts to our land and water,” said Tom Tugend, deputy chief for the Division of Mineral Resources Management.

Findings in the report included:

  • [Division of Mineral Resources Management] has an arsenal of enforcement tools at its disposal to assure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Remedies provide a strong incentive to prevent or correct problems that could lead to groundwater contamination.
  • The complete report may be viewed by using the link provided on the Shale Development Web page.

The new shale page uses a variety of links to related Web sites which can help visitors learn even more about shale exploration and production, oil and gas drilling, Ohio’s regulatory framework and related mineral extraction issues.

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Further Information

For more information, visit ohiodnr.com/mineral.

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