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Wastewater creates white foam as it is discharged into a river. (credit: Getty Images/China Photos)

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HOUSTON (AP) — An investigation has found the U.S. environmental agency was right in 2010 to immediately halt North Texas residents from using water contaminated by explosive methane.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General posted the report on its website on Tuesday.

The report says the EPA was correct to immediately bar residents from using the contaminated water and in demanding that a company with nearby gas drilling operations supply water to those families. The report asks the EPA to review Range Resources’ current testing to determine if it is of “sufficient quality” and whether “an imminent and substantial endangerment still exists.”

Range Resources says it is reviewing the report but agrees with the findings of the Texas agency that determined the company did not contaminate the water.

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