Newspaper investigation questions oil field safety
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A newspaper investigation of injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the oil drilling and fracking boom in 2007 shows federal government failure to implement safety standards and procedures for onshore oil and gas drilling.

The examination by the Houston Chronicle also shows a lack of government inspections and shoddy practices by many oil and gas companies.

The newspaper says the result is a toll of badly injured or killed workers.

The Chronicle reports that Texas accounted for about 40 percent of the 663 workers the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said were killed nationwide in oil field-related industries between 2007 and 2012.

One attorney representing injured workers calls it "like the Wild West out there."

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