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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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