A measure to require more inspectors for oil and gas wells across the state is scheduled for a public hearing at the capitol tomorrow. It was the first drilling related bill introduced this session, and the sponsor hopes it will begin to address public concerns about hydraulic fracturing. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

5 Responses to First Democratic Oil and Gas Bill to Get Hearing at Capitol

  1. Nicole Rosa says:

    Really?! So 15 inspectors for 43,000 wells isn’t enough?!

  2. Cyndy Kulp says:

    Don’t forget the inactive wells, they leak, too and there are more of them than inactive.

  3. Georgia Moen says:

    My head is going to explode! Our congressional representatives are just now starting to think it’s a good idea to have wells inspected more frequently? A large portion of the public has been screaming their concerns for a LONG time now. What planet are they living on, for crying out loud!

  4. laura h says:

    So annoying. All states’ inspections are tragically underfunded and overwhelmed by the number of wells, active or otherwise.

News

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · A blast and gunfire was heard just hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing a British national.
 

Wisconsin Historical Society
November 27, 2014 | NPR · In America, there’s a fine line between gimmicky wrestling and performance art.
 

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.
 

Arts & Life

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

Crown Media
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

AP
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab