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Texas regulators: EPA was wrong

Texas regulators: EPA was wrong
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POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:29am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 1:27pm

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.

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Before Pure Oil Co. drilled the first discovery well in Van, Texas, residents had noticed the "rainbow" of oil in their well water. Of course all East Texans know that Van Field has produced many millions barrels of oil since the 1930's. By the EPA standard, Pure Oil Co. would have been guilty of polluting these water wells when in fact, God did it.

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