The Railroad Commission's records show that the State ofTexas has 133,856 gas wells and 291,996 oil wells as of February 2015. Click Here to view the full report of oil and gas wells in Texas.
133,856 + 291,996 = 425,852 (total oil & gas wells.)
Divide 425,852 by 158 (number of inspectors) = 2,695 wells per inspector
Now if each inspector worked 240 days/year assuming a five/day work week including holidays and vacation, he/she would have to inspect 11.23 wells per day to ensure that each well gets inspected once per year.
One part of the Mission Statement of the Railroad Commission of Texas, our regulatory body over Oil and Gas, states their concern over personal and community safety. These figures reveal that their mission falls woefully short. We clearly need more inspectors and oversight. Our regulatory agencies need to do in the field what they say they do on paper. Amen.