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“Range is very pleased to see that the EPA’s order in Parker County has been withdrawn,” Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella said.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.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Jack Z. Smith, February 18, 2012 A judge has concluded that a Parker County resident, owner of a methane-contaminated water well, created a “deceptive video” that was “calculated to alarm the public into believing the water was burning.”
State District Judge Trey Loftin said well owner Steve Lipsky collaborated with Alisa Rich, an environmental consultant.
Loftin made his remarks in an order, signed Thursday, denying a motion by Lipsky and Rich to dismiss Range Resources’ multimillion-dollar counterclaim against them.