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Proponent Testimony Regarding HB 225: Idle and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Thursday, March 1, 2018
February 28, 2018 
Before the 132nd General Assembly, The Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee:
Presented by Thomas E. Stewart, Interim Chief of Staff, Ohio Oil & Gas Association

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Orphan Well Program Contract Opportunities

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) is currently seeking contractors to preform well plugging and site restoration services for the Orphan Well Program.

-Proposal Due Date: February 12, 2018 by 1:00 p.m.

The Request for Proposals is available on the DAS Procurement website through the following link:

For more information about the Orphan Well Program, please contact Steve Irwin at (614) 265-6644 or or visit our website at:


Click here to download the official letter

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Statement from the Ohio Oil and Gas Association on Passage of HB 225:

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Friday, January 19, 2018
We commend Speaker Rosenberger and the members of the Ohio House for unanimously passing HB 225, which will create a more robust program to properly plug historic idle and orphan wells throughout the state. Introduced by State Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), HB 225 provides the necessary reporting and funding framework to address this longstanding issue. Ohio’s oil and gas industry has long advocated for the plugging the state’s idle and orphan wells, to protect public health, safety and the environment, which had natural support among the oil and gas industry, agricultural community, environmental organizations and groups representing landowners. We encourage the Ohio Senate expeditiously to review and pass this essential legislation.

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