COLUMBUS — Recognizing the importance of providing accurate information regarding shale development in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management launched an enhanced oil and gas Web page that focuses on shale development.
The department’s shale development Web page features topics related to exploration in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with fact sheets on hydraulic fracturing, drilling wastewater and well site safety. The Web page is regularly updated and new fact sheets, such as shale geology and deep injection well disposal, are planned.
Visitors to the site can also view several relevant reports including the recently released positive review regarding Ohio’s drilling regulations as they pertain to shale development. The report by the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations was compiled by an independent review team.
The complete report may be viewed by using the link provided on the Shale Development Web page. The new shale page uses a variety of links to related websites which can help visitors learn even more about shale exploration and production, oil and gas drilling, Ohio’s regulatory framework and related mineral extraction issues.
The ODNR Division of Mineral Resources Management provides for the safe and environmentally sound development of mineral and fossil fuel extraction sites. For more information, visit ohiodnr.com/mineral.