A policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Amy Mall, said the EPA had enough evidence to intervene but “chose to step away from enforcing the law when drinking water was unsafe.... Drinking water quality should never be traded for a hollow promise that may never be fulfilled.”
In a statement, the EPA said the report determined its actions were “supported by law and fact.”
Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella denied that its natural gas development had contaminated drinking water and said it was reviewing the report. The company is pursuing a $3-million defamation lawsuit against Steve Lipsky, one of the homeowners who complained about his water.