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Report backs EPA order on water contamination in Parker County

Khampha Bouaphanh /  Star-Telegram

Khampha Bouaphanh / Star-Telegram

From Star-Telegram, By Ramit Plushnick-Masti (AP), 12/24/13 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in ordering that drinking water be provided to several Parker County residents whose water wells were contaminated with methane and cancer-causing benzene in 2010, but additional work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, according to an internal investigation released Tuesday.

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EPA drops action against Range Resources over Parker County water wells

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Barry Shlachter,  Mar. 30, 2012 –

In an about-face, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday withdrew its 15-month-old emergency order against Range Resources that had blamed the Fort Worth-based drilling company for methane contamination in water wells and demanded that it supply safe drinking water to two Parker County homes.

“Range is very pleased to see that the EPA’s order in Parker County has been withdrawn,” Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella said. “It’s important for people to know that their environment, health and safety is protected, and hopefully this provides them with that comfort.”

The company said the withdrawal could help its $4.2 million defamation lawsuit against Steve and Shyla Lipsky, residents of Parker County’s Lake Country Acres subdivision.

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Case against Lipskys continues

From Weatherford Democrat, Christin Coyne (CNHI), February 22, 2012 –

PARKER COUNTY — Range Resources’ multi-million-dollar defamation countersuit against Steven and Shyla Lipsky, the couple who claim their water well was contaminated by the drilling company, has passed a major hurdle in court.

District Judge Trey Loftin handed down a ruling Thursday dismissing a motion by the Lipskys and Alisa Rich to throw out counterclaims by Range Resources alleging that the Lipskys and Rich conspired to mislead the public and defame the company.

After a Texas Railroad Commission ruling in March 2011 that Range Resources was not at fault, the Lipskys filed a suit against the company in June, alleging the company’s drilling caused contamination of their water well and seeking $6.5 million.

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