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Utah tops list of oil, gas wells not inspected by federal officials

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  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    June 16, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    So let's look at the numbers: 327 wells in the state of Utah, two dozen inspectors who inspected only 33% of the wells in three years. That equates to about 1 and 1/2 inspections per inspector per year. Yeah, I'd say they were not focused on inspection.

    GaryO- Utah (conservative or otherwise) has no influence on what BLM inspectors do with their time. Perhaps if they did, they could get more than 1 1/2 wells per year inspected.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    The reason the BLM is in charge of inspecting those particular wells is because the wells are on federal (not State) lands.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 15, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    But you guys say Obama is all up in your business and slowing you down.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 15, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    Hey Go long -

    I think the Federal Government has a Constitutional right and a DUTY to inspect those wells on the basis of National Defense.

    Toxic water supplies can kill people as effectively as bullets and bombs.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 15, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    Utah should show to the refs that we're ready to manage more land by creating our own inspection agency and having all of these wells inspected.

    Until then, I don't want to hear any of our politicians cry about claiming federal lands.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 15, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    golong -

    "The federal government has no constitutional authority to inspect oil wells in any state."

    So in other words, what you're saying is that the Federal government has no business protecting citizens from internal threats?

    And it is NOT the business of the Federal Government to provide for and "promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of Liberty to our Ourselves and our Posterity?"

    Well, the Founders disagree with you.

  • golong Washington, UT
    June 15, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    My question is why does Utah (or any other state) need the federal government to inspect its oil wells? An oil well is not "interstate commerce", nor is it part of our "national defense". And so what if they haven't been inspected? The federal government has no constitutional authority to inspect oil wells in any state.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 15, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    "Utah tops list of oil, gas wells not inspected by federal officials"

    That's because "Conservatives," who believe the Federal Government should not involve itself in such things, often get their way in Utah.