Range Resources’ case against Lipsky is the “poster child for what SLAPP is.” And what did Lipsky do to deserve the wrath of Range? He called the EPA. But, he only called the EPA after the Texas Railroad Commission failed to take action for months (see timeline).
After the Texas Railroad Commission declared that Range Resources did not contaminate Steve Lipsky’s well, Range filed a ridiculous $3 million countersuit against the Lipskys and the scientist they hired to test their water.
Highest Court to Weigh in on a Dispute Over Water
By JIM MALEWITZSEPT. 4, 2014 for NY Times.
The $3 million suit accuses the three of conspiring to “defame and disparage” Range Resources and force federal regulators to intervene.
Then Range tried to drag me into the suit. Even after receiving my discovery that showed I had no involvement with the Lipskys prior to the EPA stepping in, they still made me go to a court hearing and sit through a really stupid, 6-hour deposition (See: Fun with depositions Part One and Part Two). They harassed me and tried to bully me hoping to shut me up. But, like their cement casings, they failed.
Now Range wants to shut up all Texans. Obviously, they have a great deal of political power and the Texas Supreme Court has a long history of ruling in favor of business. This should be interesting so I hope to go watch the arguments. Maybe I’ll get to see David again.
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Often, these smaller oil companies are really being orchestrated by one of the “big dogs”, one of the 4 sisters or other large foreign oil companies. Try to find out which one of the big oil companies this Range bunch is tied up with?
Maybe Range Resources will sue this Reporter:
Jurisprudence in PA about Range Resources:
Fracking company: We turned your drinking water into fire so we will be suing you for saying so:
“A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining several water wells in Parker County — but not due to leaks from the gas wells themselves.”
“Pennsylvania regulators levied their largest fine ever against a shale driller after reaching a deal with Range Resources to pay $4.15 million and close five artificial ponds that were were leaking flowback water. ”