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.

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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.

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