ODNR Tripling The Number Of Well Inspectors

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ODRN is tripling the number of inspectors who monitor well like this one in eastern Ohio.(Photo: Flickr)
ODRN is tripling the number of inspectors who monitor well like this one in eastern Ohio.(Photo: Flickr)

State regulators plan to triple the number of inspectors who monitor oil and gas wells in Ohio’s Utica Shale region.

But the positions are being created on the expectation of increased revenue.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Heidi Henzel-Evans says taking the number of inspectors from 30 to 90 will be funded by increased revenue from the state’s severance tax on oil and natural gas drillers.

Hetzel-Evans says traditional vertical well drilling has decreased in recent months, but shale drilling is still booming.

“In the year 2013-2014, where we’ll see more activity in the shale formations, we’ll have many more boots on the grounds to address any issues related to those larger operations.”

Hetzel-Evans says there are now about 54,000 oil and gas wells around the state. She says only 65 of those are in the Utica Shale region, but that number could reach several hundred by the end of the year.

Comments
  • Lin67

    Once again we are forgetting about our quality of life when we are doing something we know is going to be a big problem. Spend the money now to develop “green”
    energy that will not harm our water, cause earthquakes, create a
    bigger waste storage problem. You dont need oil if you are extinct. Will humans learn before it is too late?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    So, in addition to more DISPOSAL waste wells….as well..so more Earthquakes, poisoned water…and 4 what? u cant live w/o water…