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Colorado Senator Misses Mark on Oil and Gas Regulator Count

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Colorado State Sen. Ray Scott watches as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signs a bill at the Colorado State Capitol

A Colorado state senator maintains there may be too many state oil and gas inspectors, although he admits he was off in his initial guess at how many there are. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that Senator Ray Scott, a Republican, said during a tele-town hall in July that he’d heard rumors that some inspectors for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission take naps on well pads because they have nothing to do. He said the state has about 100 inspectors, but later admitted to the Sentinel that there are only about 30. However, he said it takes far too long in Colorado for drilling permits to be approved and suggested some of the inspectors could be working on permits instead.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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