HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an order requiring a natural gas drilling company to provide water for two North Texas families based on accusations that the company contaminated water wells.
The EPA said Friday its decision regarding Range Resources drilling in Parker County allows the agency to shift the focus “away from litigation and toward a joint effort on the science and safety of energy extraction.”READ MORE: Man Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Rob Chase Bank In Weatherford
Range was accused of contaminating water with benzene, methane and other toxic gases through a drilling method called hydraulic fracturing. The process involves breaking up rock with chemical-laced water to free previously out-of-reach natural gas.READ MORE: Family Of 'Kind Hearted, Caring' Man Slain In Oak Lawn Question Robbery As Motive In 'Senseless' Crime
Fracking is a controversial practice among many environmentalists and some homeowners.
The Fort Worth company and the Texas Railroad Commission argued the contamination came from other natural causes.MORE NEWS: State Fair Vendors Facing Tight Labor Market
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