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Drilling regulators pull double duty as industry promoters.

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Drilling regulators pull double duty as industry promoters. By Mike Soraghan Greenwire 1 December 2011
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      Drilling regulators pull double duty as industry promoters.
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      By Mike Soraghan Greenwire 1 December 2011

      State oil and gas agencies across the country are straining to prevent a
      flood of new drilling from harming human health and the environment. But
      that's not really their job. Or at least not all of it. Their job is
      also to promote drilling. And sometimes the law makes that their top
      priority.

      Wyoming regulators are expected to "serve" the industry. Pennsylvania's
      Bureau of Oil and Gas says its goal is to "facilitate" development. And
      nearly every other oil and gas agency has a mandate or mission statement
      establishing increased development as a goal.

      Critics of drilling have pointed out in the past that agencies are
      underfunded and understaffed. But the agencies' pro-development goals
      could also be among the reasons that state regulators punish violators
      infrequently and levy minimal fines even when they do....













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