The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has begun hiring and training additional field inspectors.
With funds generated by industry permit fees, ODNR's Oil and Gas Resources Management Division will add as many as 70 additional employees this year, the state said in a press release issued on Tuesday.
"A strong regulatory staff at ODNR will enable inspectors to be present at every critical stage of well construction, ensuring these sophisticated structures are built in a manner that protects both our people and ecosystem," said ODNR Director James Zehringer.
ODNR is beefing up its drilling rules. At the same time, Senate Bill 315 is pending in the Ohio Legislature that would also toughen drilling regulations.
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