The spreading of oil-field brine for dust and ice problems on local roads and private property in Ohio is approved by the Ohio General Assembly and regulated by the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.
Brine is a saline by-product generated during oil and gas well drilling, completion, and production operations.
Ohio’s Underground Injection Control Program regulates the hauling and spreading of oil-field brine while local authorities, such as the County Commissioners and Township Trustees, permit the actual spreading on public roads and private property.
The Division reviews all local brine spreading resolutions and plans passed by the local jurisdictions to ensure compliance with state law. State law requires a minimum of nine brine spreading standards incorporated into all local resolutions. Local authorities have the power to require spreading standards that are more stringent than state law.
All registered brine haulers must have the identification number issued by the Division, the word “brine”, and the name and telephone number of the hauler on the sides or rear of their trucks. All of this information must be in reflective paint and the letters on the vehicle must be no less than four inches in height. Ohio oil-field brine haulers must maintain a daily log in their trucks.