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More flammable water near Range Resources’ Parker County fracking well

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By Sharon Wilson

July 12, 2013

I know you will be shocked, Dear Readers, but according to a new report by WFAA’s Brett Shipp (see video below), the Texas Railroad Commission did not apply its own Statewide Rule 13 in the Range Resources water contamination case in Parker County. They also ignored in their court hearing a violation they issued to Range.

For some background on this case, see. “…I told you so.” Also, the Court of Appeals recently sent the SLAPP suit Range filed against the Lipskys back for “abatement” but industry trade groups continue to ignore this new ruling linking instead to the district court rulings by the now disgraced Judge Trey Loftin.

WFAA news video: Records show drilling operation violated law while water wells contaminated

I met Shelly Perdue several months ago. She has lived for years in her home near Steve Lipsky and across the street from where Range Resources drilled and fracked two gas wells. She had no problems with her water prior to Range’s activities. Her water drastically changed in 2009 shortly after Range was fracking across the street from her home in 2009. Her water now fizzes so much you can actually hear it like an Alka Seltzer. I saw and heard this myself. The headspace in her water well was tested by Range Resources and found to contain four times the explosive levels of methane (see test results below) yet Range said her water is safe.

Results of Range Resources water testing in Parker County

Industry trade groups say the videos of Lipsky’s water well venting gas are a hoax. FrackNation director even made the outrageous claim that his hose was hooked up to the house gas line. But that was proven false in earlier reporting by Brett Shipp. See WATER ON FIRE IN TEXAS. Of course that doesn’t stop the industry and their minions from repeating that lie, which they did yesterday.

They also continue to claim that I had some involvement in this case. This despite the fact that the Court of Appeals found no evidence to support any conspiracy. From the ruling:

…the trial court abused its discretion by denying relators’ motions to dismiss Range’s civil conspiracy claim,


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