CLEVELAND: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to triple its staff of oil and gas field inspectors to keep up with the increase in drilling activity around the state.
Department spokeswoman Heidi Hetzel-Evans tells the Plain Dealer in Cleveland the state hopes to have 90 inspectors working by early next year. It currently has more than 30.
Director James Zehringer says the department has started hiring and training inspectors to make sure shale wells are built and inspected properly.
A district supervisor for the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management says keeping up with inspections can be a daunting task.
The state had more than 64,000 wells operating in 2011 and inspected 18 percent of those, or more than 11,000. But that left more than 50,000 wells unchecked.