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Montana oil and gas wells go without inspection

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 12 2014 04:02:47 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Federal records show that more than two dozen newly drilled oil and gas wells with a high pollution risk went uninspected on federal and tribal lands during a recent three-year period in Montana.
    
U.S. Bureau of Land Management data reviewed by The Associated Press show 25 out of 144 wells in high-priority areas weren't inspected between fiscal year 2009 and 2012. That's equivalent to about 1 in 6 wells uninspected.
    
Nationwide, about 40 percent of wells went uninspected during that time period, a finding that underscores the government's struggle to keep pace with America's drilling boom.
    
The BLM designates high-priority wells based on a greater need to protect against possible water contamination and other environmental safety issues.
    
BLM officials acknowledge they've had trouble keeping up with inspections and promised changes.