TV News LIES

Wednesday, Oct 01st

Last update10:43:55 PM GMT

You are here News Environment Fracking Regulations In States Leave Wells Without Inspection, Environmental Group Says

Fracking Regulations In States Leave Wells Without Inspection, Environmental Group Says

E-mail Print PDF

Fracking unregulatedHundreds of thousands of active oil and gas wells go without government inspection in any given year, and fines for regulatory violations are too small to change drilling company behavior, according to an energy watchdog group's review of regulation and enforcement activities in six states.

The 124-page report, released Tuesday by the Oil & Gas Accountability Project at Earthworks, an environmental and public health advocacy group based in Washington, examined well inspection data, violations, enforcement actions and penalties in Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The analysis suggested that state regulators are often understaffed, underfunded, or otherwise unable to keep pace with rapidly expanding oil and gas exploration and the attending risk of spills, leaks, contamination and accidents that might arise through negligence or deliberate shortcutting. The review lands amid a contentious presidential election that has been animated in part by starkly different views on energy development and the appropriate role of the federal government in ensuring that public health and the environment are protected from industrial activity.

"I was surprised at how uniformly inadequate things were," said Bruce Baizel, a staff attorney with Earthworks. "If you compare this to building a house -- you have to have multiple inspections during the home-building process. Why is that not the case here, with oil and gas drilling? It should be. But you can get a permit to drill a well and never see a single inspection. The regulators don't like for that to happen, but it does happen."

Oil and gas industry representatives, as well as state regulators, quickly dismissed the report as both flawed and biased.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Climate change: 35,000 walruses 'haul out' on Alaskan shore

walrusus on shoreHaul out!  That's what it's called when animals congregate in large groups, and that's just what's...

Frac Sand Rush Threatens American Towns, Advocates Warn

Frac sandVictoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear...

Baker Hughes to reveal fracking components

fracking componentOil services company Baker Hughes said Wednesday it implemented its policy of fully disclosing the chemicals...

California Becomes First State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Ban the bagGov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!