EPA withdraws emergency order against Range Resources in Texas
FORT WORTH -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn the emergency order it issued against Range Resources Corporation on Dec. 7, 2010, alleging that two of the company's Barnett Shale gas wells were responsible for contaminating private water wells with methane in Parker County, Texas, just west of Fort Worth.
Range has been fighting the EPA since and made its case to the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency which regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas, which ruled in March 2011 that Range's gas wells were not responsible for the methane in the private water wells.
In a statement reacting to the announcement, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said "Today the EPA finally made a decision based on science and fact versus playing politics with the Texas economy. The EPA's withdrawal of the emergency order against Range Resources upholds the Railroad Commission Final Order that I signed concluding that Range is not responsible for any water contamination in Parker County."
"Al Armendariz (EPA Region 6 Administrator) and the EPA's Region Six office are guilty of fear mongering, gross negligence and severe mishandling of this case," Porter continued. "I hope to see drastic changes made in the way the regional office conducts business in the future - starting with the termination of Al Armendariz."
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