And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth

We'll always have Keystone

EPA retreats on fracking pollution suit. Third time in a row. The science is settled.

The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency has backtracked on high-profile local allegations linking natural-gas drilling and water pollution.

On Friday, the agency told a federal judge it withdrew an administrative order that alleged Range Resources Corp. had polluted water wells in a rural Texas county west of Fort Worth. Under an agreement filed in U.S. court in Dallas, the EPA will also drop the lawsuit it filed in January 2011 against Range, and Range will end its appeal of the administrative order.

In addition to dropping the case in Texas, the EPA has agreed to substantial retesting of water in Wyoming after its methods were questioned. And in Pennsylvania, it has angered state officials by conducting its own analysis of well water—only to confirm the state’s finding that water once tainted by gas was safe.

Taken together, some experts say, these misfires could hurt the agency’s credibility at a time when federal and state regulators seek ways to ensure that natural-gas drilling is done safely.

A growing number of industry, academic and environmental experts say that while drilling can cause water contamination, that can be avoided by proper use of cement seals and other safety measures.


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4 responses to “And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth

  1. Anonymous

    Actually, wrong. The science isn’t settled

    Maybe you need a fresher course

  2. Anonymous

    The EPA is a paid off government agency

  3. Just_looking

    The frackers are using the ploy that the cigarette manufactures successfully used for generations, that it was almost impossible to prove a direct causal link, some other possible outside influence may have been to blame, therefor you could not blame them. Well the truth eventually came out, but many people were killed in the meantime. Same path for fracking. They will seriously ruin enought water in enough places that it will eventually be ended but not before Hugh damage is done and huge wealth extracted. The government will be left to pay for the clean up which means you and I.