NEW CASTLE, CO (AP) - An Associated Press review finds many new oil and gas wells near fragile areas aren't getting any federal inspection from an agency that's having a tough time keeping pace with America's drilling boom.
Government data obtained byt eh AP point to the Bureau of Land Management as so overwhelmed by a boom in a new drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is has been unable to keep up with inspections of some of the highest priority wells.
Summit County's Manager and his staff are looking for ways to create a beefed-up county ordinance governing pipelines while the Tesoro company is proposing a pipe from the Uintah Basin running through the county.
But that meant the staff were burning the midnight oil Wednesday night to meet a deadline. Rick Brough has more.
Some major water suppliers on the Wasatch, including the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, are concerned the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline could pose catastrophic risks, since the line will be routed along river corridors like the Weber River.
Scott Paxman, assistant general manager of the Weber District, is convinced the pipeline will happen; they just have to make sure the line is as safe as possible. Rick Brough has more.
Because of a snafu, Summit County residents now have until April 21 to submit comments on the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline, which would run fromn the Uintah Basin, through Summit, to refineries in Salt Lake. Rick Brough has more.
The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service on the proposed Tesoro pipeline is this Monday, March 17th. Given that, the Summit County Council Wednesday reviewed their concerns and comments, and directed their staff to pass those on to the Feds.
The Summit County Council Wednesday quizzed representatives from the Tesoro Oil Company about their proposed 135-mile pipeline, which would carry a waxy crude type of oil from the Uintah Basin to refineries in Salt Lake. Rick Brough has more.