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The New Culture War: How Politics Trumps Science in EPA’s Investigations of Fracking

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By Aaron Mintzes

July 26, 2013

Back in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the extraordinary step of issuing an Emergency Administrative Order under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) against Range Resources after the Lipsky family of Parker County, TX reported they could light their water on fire. The EPA immediately began an investigation. They commissioned a well-respected scientist, Dr. Geoffrey Thyne, to conduct an independent analysis of the water to determine whether Range’s wells might have been the source of the methane contaminating the Lipsky’s water supply. The Thyne report revealed that Range could indeed have caused the methane.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, pavillion, dimock, parker county, house science committee

Disclose- Just not Publicly: API Prevails in Suit Over Dodd Frank Transparency Rule

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By Aaron Mintzes

July 3, 2013

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed in 2010. Section 1504 of that law required the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) to issue rules compelling companies that extract oil, natural gas, or minerals to publish payments they make to governments. The purpose here was to lift what is known as the “resource curse”- where some of the most mineral rich nations suffer with some of the poorest populations. The solution: shine the light of transparency on nations led by regimes where mineral riches go to only multinational corporations and corrupt government officials who exploit their indigenous populations.

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Tagged with: sec, 1504, dodd frank, eiti, api, useiti

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