Action Alert: Ensure WVDEP has Adequate Oil & Gas Inspectors to Protect Our Water
The DEP Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) has been forced to severely reduce its staff due to budget shortfalls. Currently, OOG only has 9 inspectors overseeing approximately 75,000 wells and 28,000 tanks across the state. That’s 1 inspector for every 8,000 wells.
The West Virginia Legislature can fix this problem. Legislators can advance bills that ensure the WVDEP Office of Oil & Gas receives the resources required fulfill its mission to regulate and inspect oil & gas activities.
Now, SB 240 is in the Senate Finance Committee Contact Committee members, encourage them to fix the budget crisis!