ODNR Hiring 70 Employees To Regulate Shale Wells

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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.