Texas regulators: EPA was wrong
POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 1:27pm
HOUSTON — Texas regulators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was wrong when it concluded that a gas driller contaminated water wells in North Texas.
The Railroad Commission of Texas voted 3-0 Tuesday in Austin to approve its examiners' conclusions that gas wells drilled and
operated by Range Resources of Fort Worth did not contaminate two water wells. The gas production and water wells are in Parker County, just west of Dallas.
In December, the EPA issued an emergency order blaming Range Resources for the contamination and giving the company 48 hours to provide the two affected families with clean drinking water.
The company has not complied. The EPA has asked a federal district court in Dallas to intervene.