Now that all the rhetoric, the hysterical industry propaganda and the media “reports” parrotting Range’s press releases has died down, are you ready for the truth?
If you want to know the truth, you have to read. Apparently most people are not willing to read which is why I read it and turn it into bullet points for you. That way I get the subpoena and you don’t.
Here is the bottom line: The reason EPA dropped the lawsuit had nothing to do with the merits of the case.
The week before EPA dropped the case against Range Resources, the Supreme Court decided another case involving EPA, Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency.
The SCOTUS ruled that the EPA should have given the Sacketts a hearing and the ruling in the Sackett case set precedence for the Range Resources.
The EPA v. Range Resources case was dropped because of a procedure and not the merits of the case.
If you read the original order–WARNING, requires reading 11 whole pages–you will have a better understanding of the merits of the case.
People keep asking me if the EPA did isotopic fingerprinting. They would know the answer to that question if they would only read these 11 pages.
They did isotopic fingerprinting and found that the gas in both water wells was thermogenic and matches the gas produced from the Range Resources wells.
I’m not coming up with any new or secret or inside information here folks. I’m just reading.
UPDATE: I changed the link from the Joint Stipulation to the EPA letter above. That is where the testing requirements are outlined.