"When the EPA Office of Inspector General finally issued the report after numerous and significant delays, it was clear to us that they disregarded an abundance of evidence showing that facts were manipulated, conclusions were unjustified, science was ignored, and EPA colluded with radical environmental groups," the Senators wrote. "The lack of specificity and detail in this report is both disappointing and troubling."
In 2010, EPA's Region VI issued an Emergency Administrative Order (EAO), which publicized the Agency's unsubstantiated findings where they unequivocally "determined" that the drilling for natural gas by Range Resources "caused or contributed" to the contamination of at least two residential water wells. EPA then utilized the unsupported claims to justify further burdensome regulations over hydraulic fracturing. At the time, Region VI was led by Regional Administrator Al Armendariz who infamously resigned after the public learned of his controversial statement that the "general philosophy" of EPA's enforcement policy should be to "crucify" oil and natural-gas companies.
In March 2012, the order was subsequently withdrawn following overwhelming criticism from state officials, members of Congress, and stakeholders.
Signing today's letter are Sens. Vitter, Inhofe, John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), all Republican Senators from EPA's Region VI.
- 02-26-14 Range IG letter - (3.1 MBs)