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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

After a Year and a Half, ODNR Has Finished One of Twenty Rules for Drillers

From The Columbus Dispatch:
In June 2014, the state published a list of 20 rules it was working on to govern Ohio’s growing oil and gas industry. 
The rules were intended to cover serious environmental, financial and health issues, including recycling fracking waste, tracking wastewater pulled from wells developed with the hydraulic fracturing process and establishing a timetable for companies to report well leaks. 
But a year and a half later, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has just one of those rules in place. It covers well pad construction and was finalized in July. 
Eric Heis, an agency spokesman, said the well-construction rule addresses two additional topics on the department's 2014 list, though no reference to either of those — secondary containment for runoff and freshwater storage — are in the final rule. Heis said they are implied.
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