Ohio Announces Additional Permitting Requirements For Horizontal Drilling

Ohio Announces Additional Permitting Requirements For Horizontal Drilling

By Michael T. Altvater

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has changed permitting requirements after finding a probable connection between horizontal drilling activity near a previously unknown microfault and recent seismic activity in the Mahoning County area. Moving forward, any new permits for horizontal drilling located within 3 miles of a known fault or area of seismic activity would require companies to install sensitive seismic monitors. If those monitors detect a seismic event in excess of 1.0 magnitude, activities must cease while the cause is investigated. If the investigation reveals a probable connection to the hydraulic fracturing process, all well completion operations will be suspended. ODNR will also review previously issued permits that have not been drilled.

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