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Huge shortage of well inspectors leaves many unmonitored

A pump jack works to extract oil and gas from a well in Wyoming's Niobrara shale

Maybe becoming a well inspector is your next job. The Houston Chronicle reported today that several thousand wells just haven’t been checked recently. Not because oil and gas operations are so efficient that there are never any mistakes. But because there just aren’t enough inspectors to go around. Commissioners report that approximately 65 percent of wells haven’t been inspected for ...

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Cities concerned about state urban-drilling bill

FORT WORTH – Senior gas well inspector Tom Edwards weaves his van through the tight spaces of the drilling site, keeping a close eye on the tangle of pipes, hoses and valves pushing water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break up the tough shale rock below. Jokingly called the Pancho drilling site because it sits where a ...

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BLM inspectors cover lots of ground checking wells

FARMINGTON — Strictly by the numbers, you might think it impossible for fewer than two dozen Bureau of Land Management inspectors to oversee the more than 21,000 wells on federal land in the San Juan Basin. Virgil Lucero, a BLM Farmington field office inspections supervisor, says his 21 — down from a standard staffing level of 25 — inspectors can ...

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Feds behind on oil well inspections in Dakotas

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By JAMES MacPHERSON | Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal oilfield inspectors are hustling to clear a backlog of hundreds of uninspected well sites on public and tribal lands in North Dakota, amid the explosion of drilling activity. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees drilling on federal land, said agency regulators are being brought in from other states to ...

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