Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management invited comments on a draft rule package that would amend the Division’s existing well spacing rules for conventional and horizontal wells.  As the Division explains in its Statement of Intent:

The DOGRM intends to amend the existing well spacing rule by revising the minimum acreage requirements for conventional wells and establishing new provisions pertaining to the minimum distance requirement from which a new horizontal shale well may be drilled from boundaries of drilling units and other horizontal wells. The standards will be applied statewide. The intent of this rule amendment is to replace the existing acreage requirement with one that is consistent with the minimum setback distance to drilling unit boundaries and to create a drilling unit that is more compact than that which is created under the current rule.

Click on the links below to read the rule package.  Comments are due by Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  You can follow the progress of the proposed rules on the Division’s website.

Statement of Intent

Executive Summary

1501:9-1-01 Definitions

1501:9-1-04 Spacing of wells