Cash-strapped state regulators struggle to inspect wells

Despite losing a quarter of its budget between 2011 and 2012, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to use increased revenue from drilling application fees to more than triple its oil-and-gas inspection force with 70 new field inspectors by the end of the year, Governing reports. With problems similar to many of the cash-strapped shale states that are struggling to inspect the growing number of wells, ODNR performed a total of 11,842 inspections last year with just 30 inspectors – “up from 1,300 in 2010,” the article said. For more, read the full story here.

National, Ohio