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The graphs on the left show the rate of growth compared to the earliest year for which we have data -- in most cases 2003. The gray lines represent a theoretical constant annual rate of change. The bar charts on the right show the actual values for each year we have data. For example, in 2011, Virginia had 366 new wells drilled.

7 enforcement staff for 7,783 wells in 2011
11 class 2 underground injection wells in 2010, according to the EPA | More »

Wells Drilled: Change Since 2003

Wells Drilled

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
402
402.0
412
412.0
481
481.0
647
647.0
714
714.0
705
705.0
539
539.0
426
426.0
366
366.0

Enforcement Actions: Change Since 2010

Enforcement Actions

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. No Data. 710
710.0
745
745.0

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Enforcement Staff

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
7
7.0
7
7.0
7
7.0
6
6.0
9
9.0
9
9.0
9
9.0
7
7.0
7
7.0

Oil And Gas Department Budget: Change Since 2003

Oil And Gas Department Budget

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
$694K
694084.0
$705K
705439.0
$832K
831931.0
$832K
831931.0
$1.1M
1100646.0
$1.11M
1112741.0
$1.13M
1134408.0
$1.13M
1134408.0
$1.22M
1215502.0

Total Wells: Change Since 2003

Total Wells

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
3,520
3520.0
3,872
3872.0
4,136
4136.0
5,182
5182.0
5,738
5738.0
6,428
6428.0
7,305
7305.0
7,472
7472.0
7,783
7783.0

Notes: Data are for the calendar year. Enforcement actions include closures, violations and an inspector informing an operator of a potential problem. Total wells are producing gas and oil wells; the vast majority of these are for gas. Virginia's Class 2 injection well program is administered by the EPA and not by the state's oil and gas program.