By Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado energy regulators say they might be able to help inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on U.S. government land that federal officials have not visited.

Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, says state regulators could have a “fruitful conversation” with federal officials but says state staffers have plenty of other things to do.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday (https://tinyurl.com/kvgdm84 ) oil and gas commissioner DeAnn Craig raised the issue at a meeting this week in Rifle.

Their comments came after an Associated Press review of federal records show that more than 240 newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks on federal land in Colorado weren’t inspected during a three-year period.

Nationwide, about 40 percent of 3,500 such wells weren’t reviewed.



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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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