By James C. Carpenter and Katerina E. Milenkovski
May was a busy month for lawmakers in Ohio. Last month, a legislative panel approved new rules for the construction drilling wells in the state, and the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 315 aimed at regulating oil and gas companies. The new regulations come as more and more energy producers migrate to Ohio looking to tap energy reserves in the Utica shale.
The legislative panel passed rules affecting well casing, cementing and testing as well as notification and reporting. The new rules mandate that drillers notify the Ohio Department of Natural Resources 24 hours before cementing on well casings begin so an inspector can be present. Also, the rules state that all water wells within 300 feet of shale wells in urbanized areas must be sampled.
The rules also mandate:
The rules will take effect on August 1, 2012 and can be viewed by clicking here.
Because of the significance of Senate Bill 315, Steptoe & Johnson will host a free webcast on the topic at noon on Wednesday, June 13.
Click here to register for the June 13 webcast, "Senate Bill 315: New Regulatory Requirements for Oil and Gas Drilling, Disposal and Gathering in Ohio."
James Carpenter focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate law, banking, real estate and construction law.
Kathy Milenkovski's legal practice focuses on energy and environmental law, with an emphasis on air quality issues.
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