Tom Tugend, deputy chief of the ODNR's Division of Mineral Resources Management, said one of the reasons the well was denied was that an alleged violation was found by the ODNR on a Beck Energy-drilled well in Benton Township in Monroe County, Ohio.

"An inspector noticed drilling fluids had been leaked into a stream," Tugend said. "There was a large notch on the side of the drilling pit that released the fluids. The drilling fluids and sediment entered the stream.