Ohio expects to triple the number of its oil and gas field inspectors, as horizontal drilling and fracking of shale formations intensifies and moves west across the state.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to have ninety inspectors in the field by early next year, up from more than thirty today.
State regulators are scrambling to keep up with Ohio’s latest energy push. They inspected 18% of the state’s 64,481 operating wells in 2011, leaving 50,000 wells unchecked.
Ohio has inspected a smaller share of its wells than its neighbor in the shale boom, Pennsylvania. Ohio’s inspections also lag those in three other oil- and gas-producing states, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.
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