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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:54 AM

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

Huffington Post 1/16/13

EPA's Water Contamination Investigation Halted In Texas After Range Resources Protest
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 More than a year later, the agency rescinded its mandate and refused to explain why.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.

For Steve Lipsky, the EPA decision seemed to ignore the dangers in his well, which he says contains so much methane that the gas in water pouring out of a garden hose can be ignited.

"I just can't believe that an agency that knows the truth about something like that, or has evidence like this, wouldn't use it," said Lipsky, who fears he will have to abandon his dream home in an upscale neighborhood of Weatherford.


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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:55 AM

1. I was reading about that just before coming back here--what a disgusting mess. sadly, however,

it is not in the least bit surprising. the oil companies rule.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:18 PM

2. Big reason the Industry does not want

full disclosure of frack fluids. And they throw a fit when you ask about mandating trace chemical in their fluid.

The biggest hazard is the return drilling/frack fluid and how they are handle and disposed of. Some are also radioactive.

Once the fresh water from surface or aquafier is used for fracking (5 to 12 million gallons per well) they can never be used again and must be pumped deep underground

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:54 PM

3. POLLUTERS ARE JUST PURE EVIL

 

It will take time for the polluters to be caught and then it will be to late.

I am glad my water is safe today. I know that with all the ground water being used locally the supply will be gone one day and then I will be trucking water to my home.

it will take a long time before we learn that this planet has finite resources which we should share versus raping this planet for as much money as possible.

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Response to ROBROX (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:02 PM

4. "It will take time for the polluters to be caught and then it will be to late"

That is absolutely correct. This is the true cost of these industries to the communities. They come in at first promising good paying jobs and the community goes with it. Then the industry gets their profit from the ground and then high tails it out of town pronto. By the time the mess is too obvious to ignore - they are no where to be found.

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