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States with wells at higher risk of pollution

States with higher-risk wells drilled on federal and Indian lands, and the number uninspected

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:42 a.m.

Four in 10 oil and gas wells drilled between fiscal years 2009 and 2012 escaped federal inspection even though they are near national forests, fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks. Here are the states with wells on federal or Indian lands that were deemed “higher priority” for drilling inspection by the Bureau of Land Management, and the number that were not checked:

StateNumber of high-priority wellsNumber of high-priority wells uninspected
Alabama10
Alaska51
Arkansas135
California9931
Colorado420244
Louisiana73
Michigan10
Mississippi40
Montana14425
New Mexico342121
New York20
North Dakota696116
Ohio10
Oklahoma51
Pennsylvania61
South Dakota21
Texas10
Utah327219
Wyoming1410632

Source: Bureau of Land Management and Associated Press analysis


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