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Colorado Oil Regulators Understaffed: ProPublica

December 31st, 2009, 04:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Colorado oil and gas regulators have admitted to the Colorado Independent they’re spread too thin to handle a new set of EPA rules if proposed federal hydraulic fracturing legislation is passed by Congress, but a new ProPublica investigation suggests staffing may even be inadequate to handle current levels of state oversight.

According to an investigation published today, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) had only 11 enforcement staff for 34,144 wells in 2008, or about 3,104 wells per inspector.

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