Senate Bill 165 Rulemaking
On March 31, 2009, Senate Bill 165 was signed into law, making Ohio a leader in oil and gas regulation across our country. In the bill, ODNR was given the authority to craft a specific set of rules stemming from SB 165. The topics that were discussed included noise mitigation, compact and contiguous drilling units, and well construction.
After the bill’s passage, state regulators, members of the industry, environmental groups, local officials and others started a rule-making procedure. These meetings did not produce a comprehensive package of rules as they were originally envisioned by then ODNR Director Sean Logan.
In 2011, a workgroup of industry and regulatory officials reconvenied these workgroups to discuss and craft a rules package, specifically focusing on well construction. The rules package submitted for public comment is a result of these discussions.
In November, 2011, the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) posted for public comment a rules package pertaining to the proper construction of a well in the state of Ohio. DOGRM accepted public comments on the rules until December 12, 2011.
DOGRM stated that their goal is to begin the formal process of submitting these rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) in mid-January, 2012.
UPDATE: SB 165 Well Construction Rules Approved by JCARR
On May 7, 2012, a comprehensive set of well construction rules stemming from the passage of Senate Bill 165 (Senator Tom Niehaus, 128th General Assembly) were approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). This rules package regarding how to properly construct a well in Ohio will go into effect August 1, 2012.