Drilling safety in doubt

Drilling safety in doubt

About half of wells on federal, Native lands being inspected
A drilling well pad operates within a few hundred yards of New Castle resident Joan Jaramillo’s home in New Castle, a small farming and ranching community on Colorado’s Western Slope. It’s a concern for Jaramillo, who wonders, “Is it going to ruin the water? Is it going to ruin the land? Is it going to ruin the air?”
By the numbers

States with gas and oil wells on federal or Indian lands that were deemed “higher priority” for drilling inspection by the Bureau of Land Management and the number that were not checked:
High Not priority inspected
Alabama 1 0
Alaska 5 1
Arkansas 13 5
California 99 31
Colorado 420 244
Louisiana 7 3
Michigan 1 0
Mississippi 4 0
Montana 144 25
New Mex. 342 121
New York 2 0
N. Dakota 696 116
Ohio 1 0
Oklahoma 5 1
Penn. 6 1
S. Dakota 2 1
Texas 1 0
Utah 327 219
Wyoming 1,410 632
Source: Bureau of Land Management and Associated Press analysis

On the Net

Visit the Bureau of Land Management’s Oil and Gas Inspection and Enforcement web page at http://tinyurl.com/ob9yx6v

Drilling safety in doubt

A drilling well pad operates within a few hundred yards of New Castle resident Joan Jaramillo’s home in New Castle, a small farming and ranching community on Colorado’s Western Slope. It’s a concern for Jaramillo, who wonders, “Is it going to ruin the water? Is it going to ruin the land? Is it going to ruin the air?”
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