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Ohio Among 19 States With Higher-risk Gas Wells

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio is among 19 states with an oil or gas well recently drilled on public lands that was identified by the federal government as having a higher risk of pollution.

Ohio has one higher risk gas well, in Bazetta Township in Trumbull County. It was inspected as required by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. That’s according to data obtained by The Associated Press of drilling inspections for the fiscal years 2009 to 2012.

Northeast Ohio’s Trumbull County is home to the Shenango Wildlife Area.

In all, the data show that four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise with higher pollution risks escape federal inspection.

The Ohio well has been in production since 2010, and the owner is M&M Royalty Ltd.

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