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Monday, April 6, 2015

Data on Drillers' Violations Not Easy Enough to Find, Says Anti-Drilling Group

From Financial Times:
Oil and gas companies in 33 US states can avoid heightened public scrutiny because data about violations of safety and pollution rules are effectively hidden from residents, according to an environmental group’s investigation. 
The Natural Resources Defense Council, which probed a patchwork of state oil and gas regulations, warned that the lack of disclosure left citizens vulnerable as the shale boom brings production closer to residential areas. 
Over the past six years the shale revolution unleashed by fracking and horizontal drilling has developed so quickly that many state and federal regulators have been left standing. 
Only now are they beginning to catch up by introducing new safeguards, but not all public officials deem them necessary.
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