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Texas Defies EPA Regarding Contaminated Fracking Water

Reportedly, Texas regulators disagree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which concluded a gas driller had contaminated water wells in north Texas. Sources say the Texas Rail Road Commission voted 3-0 to approve its examiners' conclusions that gas wells drilled and operated by Range Resources of Fort Worth did not contaminate two water wells. Reportedly, the gas production and water wells in question are located in Parker County west of Dallas.

Sources say in December the EPA issued an emergency order stating Range Resources was responsible for the contamination. Reportedly, the company was given 48 hours to provide the two affected families with clean drinking water. Sources say the company has not complied and the EPA has asked a federal district court in Dallas to intervene.