An Ohio company is appealing an order issued by state regulators in September that forced it to shut down operations at an underground injection well that was thought to have triggered a series of earthquakes. The company said the shutdown is costing it money and affecting its business.
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ruled out a shallow injection well in northeast Ohio as the likely cause of a 2.1-magnitude earthquake recorded there last month, lifting a ban on operations and continuing its investigation of a deeper well nearby.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on Sunday recorded a small earthquake in Weathersfield Township, OH, about 12 miles northwest of Youngstown, in Trumbull County, but it remains unclear if two nearby underground injection wells are to blame.
More than three years after a New Year’s Eve 2011 magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled Youngstown, OH, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has begun installing portable seismic monitoring stations across the eastern half of the state to monitor Class II underground injection wells similar to one linked to a Youngstown quake.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) on Friday took an unprecedented step to establish what is believed to be the country’s first set of permitting conditions for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in horizontal wells near fault lines or areas of previous seismic activity.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to temporarily halt its operations in Northeast Ohio after a series of minor earthquakes were felt in several townships just miles from where the company has drilled seven wells and has plans for others.
A controversy involving the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration that has been unfolding for much of the last month has shed new light on oil and gas development in the state and its role in the gubernatorial campaign.
It’s no secret that exploration and production efforts in Ohio’s Utica Shale have been slowly gaining momentum in the last three years, but if you ask two of the state’s leading regulators, development is about to significantly escalate and they have their work cut out for them.
The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) filed in September by an environmental group that alleged the regulatory agency failed to comply with the state’s public records law during the investigation of a Youngstown-based oil and gas company.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) expects to begin releasing quarterly oil and gas production reports in February, after a push from investors, members of the agency itself and other industry stakeholders, who called for more up-to-date figures on the pace of development in the Utica shale play last year.