The West Virginia DEP continues to have challenges with hiring additional oil and natural gas inspectors, according to a recent interview with W.Va. Public Broadcasting. The agency has been working to hire seven additional inspectors, but so far has only filled two positions. The agency said the available interested candidates either cannot pass the required exam or don't have the qualifications.
In the meantime, the agency is continuing to review and issue drilling permits. Even though there is a backlog on well permits, a DEP spokesperson said the hiring process and need for additional inspectors hasn’t impacted the permit process.
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