Federal Government failed to inspect high risk oil and gas wells

The Associated Press have revealed that the US Federal Government has failed to inspect high risk gas wells, and that this failing has been recognised by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The Associated Press stated:”Investigators said weak control by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management resulted from policies based on outdated science and from incomplete monitoring data.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his speech as an oil jack pumps in the background.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his speech as an oil jack pumps in the background.

The findings from the Government Accountability Office come amid an energy boom in the country and the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That process involves pumping huge volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rocks to allow oil and gas to flow. It has produced major economic benefits, but also raised fears that the chemicals could spread to water supplies.

The audit also said the BLM did not coordinate effectively with state regulators in New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah.”

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