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Regulators Patrol Middle Ground Between Wary Public, Guarded Industry

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By Joseph Markman, Hart Energy
March 4, 2014

TULSA, Okla. – If unconventional exploration is the new frontier for oil and gas, state regulators are the marshals watching over it. And they are under the gun.

“For regulators in the various states where wells are being drilled, we’re being asked to deal with things in ways that we’ve never been asked to deal with before,” said Dana L. Murphy, commissioner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, at Hart Energy’s DUG Midcontinent conference on March 3 in Tulsa, Okla. “I have to tell you, it’s a really hard job now ...


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