18 Jul '12, 5pm

Report Sees Lax Inspections of N.Y. Gas Wells: More than 75 percent of New York State's active oil and gas wells...

A major concern about the advent of a new type of natural gas drilling in New York is whether the state’s environmental regulators could keep up with a potential boom once this drilling process, known as fracking, is allowed. Earthworks A study found that annual inspections of active wells declined by around 1,000 between 2001 and 2010 even as the number of wells rose. Judging from the state’s experience to date in policing conventional drilling, environmental groups say, New York is far from ready. In a new report, the group Earthworks argues that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency in charge of enforcing fracking regulations, has a staffing shortage and rarely inspects the active conventional gas wells that exist now. From 2001 to 2010, the number of annual inspections of oil and gas wells dropped by more than 1,000, the group found, w...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/report-sees-lax...

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