Ohio DNR Hires 70 New Field Inspectors for Utica Shale

In yet another sign that Utica Shale drilling for oil and gas is rapidly expanding in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has hired and is training 70 new field inspectors to help with the well permitting and reviews.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it is hiring 70 more employees to regulate an increase in oil and gas drilling.

The additional field inspectors will make sure shale wells are properly built and operated.

The department says this comes as "Ohio moves forward with updated safety-focused oil and gas laws" responding to new drilling technologies in the state’s Utica and Marcellus shale formations.

The industry’s permit fees will cover the salaries of the new employees.

ODNR says it has already begun training its new staff.*

*WOUB (May 8, 2012) – ODNR Hiring 70 Employees To Regulate Shale Wells