Friday, December 27, 2013

EPA Could Open Infamous Water Contamination Case

We've detailed the long story of Steve Lipsky and his claims that Range Resources contaminated his water well with their drilling operations in Texas - only to later have a court determine that he intentionally made a deceptive video in order to get the EPA involved - many times on the blog before (click here for a summary of the saga).

From the Huffington Post:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in immediately barring residents in North Texas from using water contaminated with explosive methane and cancer-causing benzene, but additional testing and work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, according to an internal investigation released Tuesday.
The report by the federal agency's Office of Inspector General concludes a yearlong probe into a case that has been mired in politics and a persistent back-and-forth between Texas and the EPA over how to oversee oil and gas drilling operations. It also left residents in the affected area either using the same water wells or paying to truck in water from other sources.
But the report's findings could reopen the door to a case that appeared to have been closed in 2012, when the EPA settled with Range Resources, the gas driller it suspected had contaminated the water, and withdrew its emergency actions.
Read the whole article here. 

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