The Environmental Protection Agency dropped a lawsuit against Range Resources alleging that the company’s natural-gas drilling activities had contaminated groundwater west of Fort Worth. Range appealed the EPA’s findings citing similar levels of contamination known to have existed prior to drilling. The decision by the EPA to drop the suit is the third time in recent months that the agency has failed to link the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination. The EPA’s testing and methods have also been questioned in high-profile cases in Pennsylvania and Wyoming.
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