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EPA Agrees to Dismiss Well Contamination Case Against Range

BusinessWeek -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to end a lawsuit that would’ve forced Range Resources Corp. (RRC) (RRC) to fix natural-gas wells the government said were contaminating water in Parker County, Texas.

The agency withdrew an administrative order yesterday and joined with Range seeking dismissal of the case in a filing today in federal court in Dallas. The government wants to “shift the agency’s focus in this particular case away from litigation” and instead test water wells in the area, the agency said in a statement.

EPA ordered Range to fix leaks in the area in 2010, saying state regulators at the Texas Railroad Commission weren’t acting fast enough after residents complained of gas in their water wells. Range, based in Fort Worth, Texas, said gas was already present in lo


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Submitted Apr 02, 2012 By: drpepperTX
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 1:37:42 PM

And the paragraph just before your quote from the NYTimes says: "The study released this week, done by scientists at Duke University, suggested that gas drilling causes methane gas to leak into people's water and sometimes their homes (Greenwire, May 9). But methane contamination is not caused by injecting chemicals down the well. It is caused by bad well construction during drilling."

While I might agree that ProPublica's headline was deceptive, if you actually read the article, it puts the blame on drilling. They specifically state "The researchers did not find evidence that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing had contaminated any of the wells they tested, allaying for the time being some of the greatest fears among environmentalists and drilling opponents."
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 1:29:38 PM

Yeah, the GB link routine is a little picky. The url can't be too long and can't contain certain special characters. And the text can't contain square brackets.

One way around the problems with the url itself is to use TinyURL.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 11:58:10 AM

Sorry, GB software glitch not supporting that link?

You can likely google "Baffled About Fracking" NY Times for the full story.

[Edited by: drpepperTX at 4/4/2012 12:01:40 PM EST]
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 11:37:34 AM

Absolutely rj, here's a quote from the author of the Duke Study,

[L=http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/05/13/text deleted hot-button issue is fracking," said Robert Jackson, the Duke professor who authored the study, in an interview. But, he said, "I believe it's more about the drilling than the fracking." [/L]

And from the conclusion of the Duke study, which I've read several times:
"The first is physical displacement of gas-rich deep solutions from the target formation. Given the lithostatic and hydrostatic pressures for 1-2 km of overlying geological strata, and our results that appear to rule out the rapid movement of deep brines to near the surface, we believe that this mechanism is unlikely."

LOL, you don't see Propublica pointing that out do you???

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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 10:41:51 AM

drpepperTX - "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!"

You mean like arguing that the findings of the Duke study were "perverted", then, as proof, linking to a UTA study that doesn't even mention Duke?

Why not find something in the actual Duke study to support your position?

[Edited by: rjhenn at 4/4/2012 10:44:53 AM EST]
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 8:59:05 PM

No rj, water does not burn, it turns to steam at a temperature above 212 degrees F. There has to be some flammable vapor IN the water to burn.

I also must laugh at your source! Propublica? Really? Even at that they pervert the findings of the Duke study, which if you had bothered to do your homework, which you really struggle with, shows that gas naturally occurs and has always occurred in water wells in that and many other areas.HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!"
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 4:21:45 PM

drpepperTX - "Sure would rj, problem is tap water does not burn."

Apparently it does in some areas of northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York State.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 4:03:43 PM

Sure would rj, problem is tap water does not burn. Although we have been using heated water for power for a long time, it's called steam.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 3:47:28 PM

Litigation wastes resources mostly
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Wouldn't it solve our gasoline problems if we could burn tap water for fuel?
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 9:03:15 AM

Let’s hope that reality has begun to sink in at the EPA and they will actually begin listening to scientists and industry experts rather than taking all their testimony from Eco-nazis like Josh Fox (of the fakeumentary Gasland) and a collection of Hollywood wannabes.
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Ok
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Wonderful, I think?
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After holding up for years. Politics.
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ok
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what a joke, who watches these clowns?
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get rid of MOST government agencies AND all the czars (this ain't Soviet Russia, much as Bummer and his puppeteer are trying to make it so).
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All of you EPA bashers just want to be free to live your lives in hazmat suits.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 12:12:00 AM

Informative link drpepperTX.

[Edited by: bluetatanka at 4/3/2012 12:12:33 AM EST]
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Okay
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Well, the jury is out for now on this problem.
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Too bad.
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The EPA should be banned and dismissed forever.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 12:07:58 AM

and?
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Money talks!
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Oh Oh .
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bring an end to the EPA
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What is the real story????
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Get the gas out of the wells!
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Lots of politics in this issue.
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interesting
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Let the lawsuits begin!
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Sounds like EPA admits they did wrong
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Get rid of the EPA Nazi's
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EPA is a joke and scarier than the IRS.
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I wonder how much was wasted on this?
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gas prices?
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Look .... I just want cheaper gas.
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Who is in who's pocket?
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If they've already tested the water wells - then what's the problem?! Companies need to be held liable for killing people to make a buck!
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The EPA: Keeping America safe for combustible tap water!
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Very interesting article. This doesn't sound like a good situation at all.
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Thanks frackin.
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interesting
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EPA really doesn't know what they are doing to begin with.
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okay
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what isn't contaminated in Texas-whoops, have to watch what I say, the last time I said something about Alabama I got a reprimand from the moderator
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