Plans and conducts complex geologic research & review (e.g., casing programs, spacing information, depth & geologic formations etc.) of oil & gas drilling/plugging applications submitted for permit issue (e.g., new well, revised location, plug back, re-issue, idle & orphan well plugging applications, UIC injection wells, etc.); corrects casing programs using geologic & hydrogeologic data; ensures applications, plats, casing programs, etc. meet requirement of 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C. & applicable federal rules/regulations; researches geologic & hydrogeologic area information, environmental policies/procedures prior to recommending approval of variance and mandatory pooling requests, reviews and interprets well completion information, topographic/structure maps, plugging reports, 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C.; reviews and designs specifications for idle & orphan well plugging to ensure protection of groundwater resources & public health & safety; contacts appropriate owner/operator for more complete & detailed technical information (e.g., ingress/egress roads, x/y coordinates, geological formations, etc.) prior to processing drilling/plugging applications; may assist with field investigations when drilling sites are questionable or problems occur during operation & casing programs or plats need to be changed.
Prepares variety of reports (e.g., geologic, hydrogeologic, statistical, etc.) for division/department use; periodically works on compiling/ gathering statewide drilling/plugging statistics for publication in division’s annual report; reviews & analyzes geologic formation depths, spacing & casing programs & enters into IBM personal computer utilizing Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) computer program; manipulates information for purposes of retrieval to compile & prepare statistical/geological reports; reviews & processes requests from oil & gas industry for core testing & well rehabilitation; maintains records of tests (e.g., depth, geologic data, etc.); performs technical research of drilling/plugging hard copy & computer records to determine ownership of wells to be permitted (e.g., review topographic and township maps, plugging & well completion records, etc.); provides assistance & expertise in formulating or amending 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C. or other legislation pertinent to permitting oil & gas wells. Reviews and processes plugging/plugging-back reports.
Provides technical assistance & advice to public, oil & gas industry, environmental and oil & gas consultants, division/department personnel & governmental agencies (i.e., Ohio E.P.A.) pertaining to spacing, location and ownership of wells, casing programs, geologic formations, statistics & 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C.; gives speeches/presentations before specialized groups, professional organizations or general public; testifies as expert witness for division for civil/criminal court cases or administrative hearings (i.e. Board of Review, Technical Advisory Council) when required; answers inquiries (e.g., spacing, 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C., permitting process, etc.) via correspondence or telephone regarding oil & gas drilling/plugging applications; assists in training new staff in policies/procedures for processing & approving/disapproving of applications; coordinates work activities (e.g., approving/disapproving of applications, etc.) with regional offices as necessary; attends meetings seminars & conferences as representative of division & to provide or receive information related to environmental issues; works on committees, task groups & special projects as assigned by supervisor or other division administrators.
Completion of graduate core program in geology, hydrogeology or other specialized geologic science; 12 mos. exp. in geologic field, laboratory &/or drafting methods.
Major Worker Characteristics:
- Or completion of undergraduate core program in geology, hydrogeology or other specialized geologic science; 36 mos. exp. in geologic field, laboratory &/or drafting methods & techniques.
- Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
Knowledge of : public relations, agency policies & procedures (division/department), government structure & process (state/federal), engineering (petroleum), natural sciences (geology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy), law (1509 ORC/1501 OAC, federal rules/regulations); Skilled in: word processing (Harvard Graphics, Word, Excel, Access), skilled trade (mapping, investigative techniques, equipment operations (IBM personal computer, Laser/Matrix printers, Kodak microfilm reader, automobile, pick-up truck); Ability to: deal with many variables & determine specific action (research), add, subtract, multiply & divide whole numbers; use proper research methods in gathering data; gather, collate, & classify information about data, people or things; work alone on most tasks.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: May require travel or overnight travel; may be exposed to unpleasant weather conditions &/or dangerous machinery.
In order to operate state owned vehicle, must show proof of valid driver’s license.
RETIREMENT PROGRAM: Regular Public Employees Retirement System
THIS POSITION IS: Non-exempt from the bargaining unit (position is governed by union contract).
THIS POSITION IS: Classified
In order to comply with the mandate of ORC 124.151(B), all State of Ohio employees hired on or after June 5, 2002 must have their pay directly deposited into a financial institution of their choice.
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