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Mon May 7, 2012
Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies
Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 am
Cash-strapped states are embracing the millions of dollars in new tax revenue coming from shale oil and gas development. But there aren't enough inspectors to make sure the sites aren't polluting. The problem seems especially apparent in Colorado, which now has more than 47,000 active oil and gas wells but the state employs just 17 inspectors.