PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Associated Press review has found wide disparities by state in inspections of oil and gas wells on federal lands.
In Pennsylvania, the AP review found that only one of six wells on a high priority list was not inspected by the Bureau of Land Management. But that well was examined by state regulators in 2009 when it was drilled and again in 2012. No violations were found.
The well in question is a shallow vertical oil and gas well in the Allegheny National Forest, about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The well — No. 1865 — is about 1,500 feet from a stream.
Shallow wells have been drilled in that region for more than 150 years. They are smaller than the wells drilled by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh