Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management

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The Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM), part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), regulates the drilling, locating, operating and permitting of oil and gas wells and production in the State of Ohio.

The largest number of permits in 2008 was issued for Clinton sandstone (72%) followed by smaller percentages each for Devonian (12%) and for below the CambroOrdovician Knox unconformity (11%). 16 permits that year were issued for Marcellus shale. 1,049 oil and gas wells were drilled in 44 different Ohio counties.

According to a June, 2010 report 60 permits all together had been issued to date for Marcellus shale drilling in Ohio. Belmont County was in the lead with 19 permits, followed by Jefferson (14), Washington (13), and Monroe (9). All of these counties are located in eastern Ohio.

  • Rick Simmers is Chief of ODNR's Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.
  • Tom Tegund is Deputy Chief, Oil and Gas Program.
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