Environmental regulators are pursuing a record $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company they say repeatedly failed to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater
The Texas agency that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry says it’s opened a new investigation of allegations that methane is contaminating North Texas water.
Range Resources was accused of contaminating water with benzene, methane and other toxic gases through a drilling method called hydraulic fracturing.
The battle over gas drilling is now being compared to elements of an actual battlefield. Energy industry officials were caught on tape at a conference in Houston using military terms to describe their opposition. One company says it uses ex-military psychological operations experts in its community plans.
Laura Kinney has often worried about the gas drilling just a few hundred yards from her Parker County water well.
The EPA ordered a Fort Worth natural gas company Tuesday to supply homeowners near a Parker County drilling site with gas monitors and drinking water after an investigation found high levels of methane in the residents’ tap water.