NM lets oil, gas firms skip electrical inspections

Posted at: 04/21/2013 4:23 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Oil and gas companies in southeastern New Mexico have been allowed by the state to skip inspections of electrical systems for oil and gas well projects over the past 10 months.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that some well operators have been allowed to receive electric power without having an inspection. Typically, such safety inspections occur before a utility turns on power.

By early April, a state computer account contained more than 500 requests for electrical inspections that still hadn't been performed, yet those projects were allowed to get electricity.

The account included dozens of requests for electrical inspections of water wells and electric hookups of manufactured homes in the same area.

The governor's office says it has asked that all pending inspections be completed within 90 days.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)