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Topical Summary of Ohio Oil and Gas Law
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Topical Summary of Ohio Oil and Gas Law

Generally speaking, Ohio oil and gas law is broken into regulations (via the Ohio Revised Code) and rules (via the Ohio Administrative Code). The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) is altered and amended with the approval of both chambers of the Ohio legislature. The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) reflects the intent of the ORC. State agencies may promulgate rules which must be approved to alter the OAC.


I. Bonding

  1. Surety Bond (OAC Section 1501:9-1-03 (A))
  2. Financial Responsibility (OAC Section 1501:9-1-03 (F))
  3. Cash or Alternate Deposit (ORC Section 1509.07)


II. Insurance

  1. Coverage requirements (ORC Section 1509.07)


III. Permit Application Requirements

  1. Non-Urban Drill Permit (ORC Section 1509.06 (G))
  2. Application Information (ORC Section 1509.05, ORC Section 1509.06, OAC Section 1501:9-1-02)
  3. Restoration Plan (ORC Section 1509.072)
  4. Prepared Maps (ORC Section 1509.06 (L), ORC Section 1509.072)
  5. Oil and Gas Affidavit (ORC Section 1509.06 (N), OAC Section 1501:9-1-02, OAC Section 1501:9-1-04, OAC Section 1501:9-1-05)
  6. Permit to Change Location (ORC Section 1509.09)
  7. Permit to Plug and Abandon (ORC Section 1509.13)
  8. Revised Drilling Units (ORC Section 1509.061)


IV. Urban Drilling Rules

  1. Permits (ORC Section 1509.06, OAC Section 1501:9-1-02)
  2. Drilling and Deepening Operations (OAC Section 1501:9-9-03)
  3. Fluid Drilling/Flaring/Flare Notification (ORC Section 1509.073)
  4. Spacing of Wells (ORC Section 1509.021)
  5. Production Operations (OAC Section 1501:9-9-05)
  6. Prevention of Pollution (OAC Section 1501:9-1-07)


V. Reporting

  1. Drilling Information (ORC Section 1509.10)
  2. Production (ORC Section 1509.11)
  3. Temporary Inactive Status (ORC Section 1509.062)


VI. Drilling Operations

  1. Drilling Pits (ORC Section 1509.22 (C) (3), ORC Section 1509.22 (C) (6))
  2. Casing (ORC Section 1509.17)
  3. Spacing (OAC Section 1501:9-1-04)
  4. Drilling and Deepening Operations (OAC Section 1501:9-9-03)
  5. Special Permit Conditions (ORC Section 1509.06 (F), ORC Section 1509.03)


VII. Production Operations

VIII. Work Over/Reconditioning Operations

IX. Plugging Operations

  1. Plugging (ORC Section 1509.12)
  2. Oversight (ORC Section 1509.15)


X. Restoration

  1. Restoration (ORC Section 1509.072)


XI. Orphan Wells

  1. Funding (ORC Section 1509.071)
  2. Expenditures (ORC Section 1509.071)


XII. Waste Brine Disposal

  1. Prohibitions (ORC Section 1509.22 (A))
  2. Brine Disposal Plan (ORC Section 1509.06 (I), ORC Section 1509.222)
  3. Brine Spreading Resolution (ORC Section 1509.226)
  4. Options (ORC Section 1509.22 (C))
  5. Exempt Mississippian Wells (ORC Section 1509.22 (C))
  6. Disposal Methods (ORC Section 1509.20, ORC Section 1509.22 (A))
  7. Solid Waste Disposal (ORC Section 1509.22 (B))


XIII. Underground Injection Control

  1. Drill or Convert to Saltwater Injection (OAC Section 1501:9-3-06)
  2. Application Fee (ORC Section 1509.22 (D))
  3. Area of Review (OAC Section 1501:9-3-06 (B))
  4. Legal Notice (OAC Section 1501:9-3-06 (E))
  5. Construction or Conversion to Injection Well (OAC Section 1501:9-3-05 (A), OAC Section 1501:9-3-05 (B))
  6. Initial Testing (OAC Section 1501:9-3-05 (C))
  7. Test Pressure (OAC Section 1501:9-3-07 (D))
  8. Operation, Monitoring, and Reporting (OAC Section 1501:9-3-07)
  9. Fees (ORC Section 1509.22 (B))
  10. Enhanced Recovery Operations (ORC Section 1509.21, OAC Section 1501:9-5-10)
  11. Enhanced Recovery Operations Fees (ORC Section 1509.06 (G))
  12. Other Enhanced Recovery Operations Requirements (OAC Section 1501:9-5-05, OAC Section 1501:9-5-09, OAC Section 1501:9-5-10)
  13. Annular Disposal (OAC Section 1501:9-3-11)
  14. Brine Transporter (ORC Section 1509.22)
  15. Surface Application on Private Property (ORC Section 1509.226)
  16. Surface Application on Roads (ORC Section 1509.226)


XIV. Well Transfers

  1. Transfers (ORC Section 1509.30)


XV. Cost Recovery Assessment

  1. Assessment (ORC Section 1509.50)


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