Department of Natural Resources - Plugging of Wells - Notification and supervision.

Published: 2020-08-10

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(A) A person to whom a permit to plug or a permit to plug back a dry or lost hole has been issued may conduct plugging or plugback operations only if the person notifies the applicable division inspector to enable the inspector to be present when operations will commence.

(B) Except as provided in paragraph (A) of this rule, a person may commence plugging only if the person notifies the applicable division inspector a minimum of twenty-four hours prior to commencement of plugging.

(C) If a well is located in a coal bearing township, the person shall also notify the appropriate division of mineral resources management deputy mine inspector.

(D) Each plugging operation shall be witnessed by a division inspector and supervised by a representative of the person authorized to plug a well.

(E) The chief may grant written permission to a person to commence or continue plugging operations when the applicable inspector is unable to be present in accordance with the provisions in sections 1509.13 and 1509.14 of the Revised Code.