Hydraulic Fracturing Operators Ran Up 2.5 Violations a Day, Study Shows
Oil and gas drillers ran afoul of regulators on average 2.5 times a day in three energy-intensive states for mistakes such as wastewater spills, well leaks, or pipeline ruptures during the boom in hydraulic fracturing.
Online records in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado showed regulators issued 4,600 citations from 2009 to 2013, the Natural Resources Defense Council said on 2 April in a report. The report excluded violations in 33 other states with drilling because such records aren’t available on the Internet.
“It’s extremely difficult for the public to get this kind of information,” said Amy Mall, an author of the report for the New York-based environmental advocate. “The companies are violating the law too often, and we need policy solutions to increase transparency and to change the consequences for not complying” with the rules, she said.