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Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:37 AM

Updated: Dec 24, 2013 11:38 AM

HOUSTON (AP) An investigation has found the U.S. environmental agency was right in 2010 to immediately halt the use of water from North Texas residential wells contaminated by methane and is asking for further testing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General posted the report on its website on Tuesday.

The report says EPA Region 6, which covers Texas, was correct to immediately bar residents from using the contaminated water and in demanding that a company with nearby gas drilling operations supply water to those families. The report asks the EPA to review Range Resources' current testing to "determine whether the data is of sufficient quality and utility" and whether "an imminent and substantial endangerment still exists."

Range Resources did not immediately respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

Topics: Gas Drilling-Water Contamination

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