EPA Drops Action Against Range Resources
The EPA was seeking to force the Fort Worth-based natural-gas exploration company to provide drinking water to affected residents and clean up the aquifer, which could have been very costly. The news came in a filing in U.S. District Court in Texas.
In 2010, the EPA accused Range Resources of causing natural gas to seep into water wells near gas wells in Parker County, Texas. Range and, later, Texas regulators disputed this finding, claiming the gas appeared to have migrated from a shallow rock formation that Range wasn’t drilling into.
The EPA issued a statement saying it would “shift the agency’s focus in this particular case away from litigation and toward a joint effort on the science and safety of energy extraction.”