Monday, April 14, 2014

ODNR Announces New Permit Conditions For Drilling Near Known Faults or Seismic Activity


On April 11, 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that “New permits issued by ODNR for horizontal drilling within 3 miles of a known fault or area of seismic activity greater than a 2.0 magnitude would require companies to install sensitive seismic monitors.  If those monitors detect a seismic event in excess of 1.0 magnitude, activities would pause while the cause is investigated.  If the investigation reveals a probable connection to the hydraulic fracturing process, all well completion operations will be suspended.”  ODNR also announced that it will develop new criteria and permit conditions for new applications in light of this change in policy and will review previously issued permits that have not been drilled.  ODNR’s new permit conditions are likely in response to recent seismic events in areas of hydraulic fracturing. 

Here is a link to ODNR’s announcement:
http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/oil-gas-home/post/ohio-announces-tougher-permit-conditions-for-drilling-activities-near-faults-and-areas-of-seismic-activity

For more information on these matters, please contact Paul Garinger at pgaringer@lgcr.com.