COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 225. The bill, if enacted, would define guidelines and regulations for the reporting and maintenance of idle and orphaned oil and gas wells across the state.

“The boom in oil and natural gas production has helped the state of Ohio immensely,” said Rep. Anielski. “Unfortunately with that comes issues of maintenance and responsibility in dealing with these same wells that may become idle or abandoned for one reason or another. Substitute House Bill 225 would provide a framework by which the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources can discover, track, maintain, and seal these wells to prevent any danger to the citizens and the environment.”

Substitute House Bill 225 would establish a process by which abandoned or idle wells can be discovered and reported to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a scoring matrix, and processes for assigning priorities to the discovered wells. It would also establish guidelines for the Chief of the Oil and Gas Resources Management division to plug and maintain the wells.

Substitute House Bill 225 passed the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously and now passes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.v

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