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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:10 AM

EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest

Source: Salon.com

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun "bubbling" like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

At first, the Environmental Protection Agency believed the situation was so serious that it issued a rare emergency order in late 2010 that said at least two homeowners were in immediate danger from a well saturated with flammable methane. More than a year later, the agency rescinded its mandate and refused to explain why.

Now a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with company representatives show that the EPA had scientific evidence against the driller, Range Resources, but changed course after the company threatened not to cooperate with a national study into a common form of drilling called hydraulic fracturing. Regulators set aside an analysis that concluded the drilling could have been to blame for the contamination.



Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/epa-water-contamination-investigation-fracking_n_2484568.html



Flammable water that tastes of methane and benzene running from your taps? What's the problem?

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cer7711 Jan 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #1
dotymed Jan 2013 #2
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #3
triplepoint Jan 2013 #4
cer7711 Jan 2013 #5
BlueManFan Jan 2013 #6

Response to cer7711 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:35 AM

1. regulators and execs should be in prison

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Response to cer7711 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:22 AM

2. The movie

"Gas-land" was so infuriating. It showed clearly how average people have no rights when they are up against the profit motivated corporate oil companies or any other corporation...

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Response to cer7711 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:25 AM

3. this is so fking aggravating clearly a problem yet a handful of people somehow keep this ball

rolling

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Response to cer7711 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:16 PM

4. The EPA is Staffed by bush CRIME family Holdouts

 

and that's probably why Lisa Jackson finally called it quits as its Director...and after ONLY four years in that particular job!

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Response to triplepoint (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:43 PM

5. Bingo! It's Called "Regulatory Agency Capture"

And it's a goddamned outrage, shame and crime!

We need an Elizabeth Warren-type to clean up--or rather, clean out--that now seemingly feckless and corporate-crime apologizing/hiding agency.

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Response to cer7711 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:04 PM

6. And These are the Jack booted Thugs in the EPA

whom the teabaggers are so afraid of. Shit, they shill for the corporations just like everyone else in this banana republic goverment of ours.

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