ODNR Laws, Database, and Violations
Ohio Oil and Gas Law and Rules
The following site shows the law governing oil and gas: Ohio Revised Code, 1509
The following site shows the rules governing oil and gas: Ohio Administrative Code, 1501.9, especially 1509.9-1
The following site shows the law SB 165, that was passed in 2010, which was an update to oil and gas law and is now incorporated into 1509. It is instructive, as you can see the changes and deletions from the previous law. Note – it does not include all of the sections of 1509, only those that were modified.
ODNR Oil and Gas Database
The ODNR oil and gas database can be found at the following site. There are instructions on this page.
Additionally, the following are instructions we’ve developed for two of the most common requests:
To find information about a new application that has been filed with ODNR, use the following instructions. When an application has been filed, city, village or township representative(s) can be present when / if the inspector visits the site. Elected officials and residents can register comments with the ODNR permit manager, Mike McCormac, firstname.lastname@example.org
(How to find New Applications – Download as a DOC)
To look up the production of an existing well (or to determine if it has not produced) use the following instruction sheet. Note – if a well has not been producing for several years, the company must plug all non-producing wells before it is granted a new permit. ODNR may not strictly enforce this provision of the law, so if you have concerns about a well near you, check the production of all the company’s existing wells.
(Instructions for using Oil and Gas Database – Production – Download as a DOC)
A PowerPoint presentation on how to use ONDR’s Oil and Gas Well Database:
ODNR – Marcellus and Utica Shale Wells – Permitted, Drilled, Producing
(Downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet)
Found on the website:http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/geosurvey/tabid/23014/Default.aspx
And click on the appropriate link:
- Well list of Marcellus shale activity from Division of Mineral Resources Management
- Well list of Utica shale activity from Division of Mineral Resources Management
ODNR Rules Lacking
ODNR has the discretion to significantly improve the rules that govern oil and gas drilling practices to better protect the citizens. So far, it has chosen not to do so.
ODNR Public Records Request Guidelines
Please address all requests to Beth.Wilson@dnr.state.oh.us
Read the following guidelines and be empowered. You are allowed unfettered access to their records.
The following are the links to the last three years of violations (compliance notices), as reported from ODNR:
- 2009 Violations (Excel Spreadsheet)
- 2010 Violations (Excel Spreadsheet)
- 2011 Violations (Excel Spreadsheet)