FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feburary 10th 2014
+++ VIDEO: EPA Administrator McCarthy refuses to meet with Steve Lipsky, a community member impacted by the fracking industry
++ While oil and gas industry lobbyists enjoy access, regular citizen forced to confront EPA Administrator to seek answers.
Feb 10, Washington, DC – Earlier today, Steve Lipsky confronted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in the Washington Hilton to request a meeting regarding the EPA’s withdrawal of legal action to protect his Parker County, Texas home’s drinking water from fracking-enabled oil and gas pollution.
“Today, I tried to ask Administrator McCarthy for help,” said Steve Lipsky. He continued, “But she pushed me aside as not even important enough to look at. McCarthy has time enough to meet with oil and gas industry lobbyists. Maybe that’s why she’s unwilling to help me save my home and community from dangerous levels of methane in our water? Where is the justice for my community?”
On Christmas Eve, the EPA Inspector General reported that EPA Region 6 was justified in intervening to protect Lipsky. However, it did not adequately explain why EPA withdrew. The report only said that EPA’s withdrawal “did not violate” laws or rules in doing so.
Mr Lipsky’s situation in Parker County, TX is similar to the situations in Pavillion, WY and Dimock, PA. All three locations still do not have clean, safe drinking water because of the pollution caused by oil and gas drilling. All three locations have had the EPA investigate, initially find oil and gas industry responsibility for the water pollution, and then abandon the impacted communities.