UPDATE: For the best reporting to date on this case see: Better reporting on Range Resources water contamination case in Parker County, it is a long but essential read if you are interested in this case.
For far too long the burden of proof has been on the public to prove their water or air is contaminated from drilling. People I know have spent thousands and tens of thousands of dollars on testing. Now, the EPA is trying to shift that burden back to the industry where it belongs.
From depositions in the Range Resources Parker County water contamination case
Blevins said the EPA “doesn’t believe that we need to do the work.” He said the agency believes it has the legal authority “to ask a company who we believe may have caused or contributed [to water contamination] to do the work, to collect the data, and that’s what we’ve done.”
How the oil and gas industry is exactly like the tobacco industry and I mean EXACTLY.