The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has filed the Well Plugging rule package with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. The Division will hold a public hearing to accept testimony on proposed changes to Ohio Administrative Code sections 1501:9-11-01 through 1501:9-11-13, Well Plugging. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The public hearing will be held on June 18, 2020 starting at 1:00 p.m. At this time, the hearing will be held virtually in response to directives from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine. Any person affected by the proposed rule may present their comments virtually or in writing. For those wishing to comment, please choose from the following options:
Written: All written comments received by 5:00 p.m. June 24, 2020 will be accepted into the record. Written comments may be submitted to DOGRM.Rules@dnr.state.oh.us or mailed to “Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Attn: Mark Bruce, F-2, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43229.”
Virtually: Participants wishing to stream the meeting via the internet may join the online WebEx meeting. Please enter your name and city when joining the meeting.
Telephone: Dial any of the numbers below. When prompted enter the meeting access code 716 592 109 followed by the # symbol.
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The Division seeks to ensure that the rules regarding the plugging of wells address current industry operations (i.e. horizontal drilling), standards, and materials; ensure better planning and review of plugging operations by the well owner as part of the permitting process; revise existing definitions and language to provide clear standards for the regulated community and regulators; and clarify when, where, and how plugs must be placed during operations. Those with questions may contact Mark Bruce by calling (614) 265-6920 or by submitting an e-mail.