Thousands of Oil And Gas Wells Left Unchecked By Government Inspectors

"WASHINGTON — The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands.

Investigators said weak control by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management resulted from policies based on outdated science and from incomplete monitoring data."

Hope Yen reports for the Associated Press May 12, 2014.

Source: AP, 05/12/2014