Amarillo, TX - Hundreds of oil and gas wells in Texas are not being inspected, posing a risk to residents.
A study by an environmental group finds regulatory officials in the state have been overwhelmed with a rush of activity because of the shale drilling boom.
In turn, the drilling could potentially cause air and water problems.
The group says penalties against violators are too low to make a difference.
That's why the Texas Railroad Commission recently adopted new guidelines to establish higher penalties for any violations.